Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Podium 2016
The wine is golden yellow with greenish reflections. The bouquet is intense with aromas of ripe yellow fruit accompanied by elegant scents of citrus fruit combined with a note of honey. An ensemble of great complexity and persistence. The flavor is seductive and soft but with great character and strength, sapidity is extremely prolonged, warm and elegant; the fruity notes of the bouquet are reprised in the constantly evolving flavor.
This wine is a perfect accompaniment for an imposing and elaborate seafood dish.
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The Garofoli family harvests this verdicchio from ten parcels that range in elevation from 1,000 to 1,800 feet. They vinify each separately, aging the wine on the lees for a year in large underground concrete tanks. In the cool 2016 vintage, the wine is creamy and delicate, with scents of lime blossoms and sea breezes. Lively saline notes underline the crisp apple and pear flavors, as well as the wine’s pleasant almond bitterness.
The Garofoli 2016 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Podium sees fruit from an important single vineyard that has been fermented separately since this wine was first made in 1991. With those years of experience under their belts, the winemaking team has successfully harnessed the primary freshness and purity of the Verdicchio grape. This is especially evident in a classic vintage such as 2016. Aromas of citrus, pear, saffron and crushed aniseed rise delicately from the bouquet. Some 45,000 bottles were made. Rating: 91+
The origins of the Garofoli winery date from the end of the 19th century, when in 1871 Antonio Garofoli began the production and sale of local wines. His son Gioacchino continued to expand the business and in 1901 he founded the Gioacchino Garofoli winery. His two sons, Franco and Dante, succeeded him in management of the estate after World War II and in 1950 the Gioacchino Garofoli winery became a official company.
The late 60s through the 70s brought the addition of the Serra del Conte winery, specifically for Verdicchio production and the expansion of the Castelfidardo winery with underground cellar suitable for the maturation of wines in wood. There was also new vineyard acquisition, Massignano di Ancora and Paterno di Ancora in Rosso Cònero and Montecarotto in Jesi zone.
In 1973, Franco’s sons, Carlo and Gianfranco joined the company and with them came many advancements and innovations.. In the last seventies, Garofoli was the first to produce a Champenois-method sparkling wine using Verdicchio grapes. By the 1980s Garofoli began to reduce vineyard yields, to harvest grapes when they were fully ripe and obtain a Verdicchio with more complexity. They also abandoned the amphora (fish bottle) for this new Verdicchio, presenting it in a classic Bordeaux bottle. Lastly, in a time when there was little or no talk about barriques, the winery went on to experiment with the wine’s capacity to withstand extended maturation. Serra Fiorese, the first Verdicchio matured at least two years in wood and bottle was released in 1984.
In 2005 Gianluca, Catarina and Beatrice join their parents in the management of all aspects of the winery. The history of the Garofolis is a story of people and of a family that has been identified with winemaking for five generations. The same philosophy has always guided them: a constant updating of production techniques while respecting traditional and historic winemaking methods; attention to the evolution of the market and its requirements along with loyalty to the values of the special characteristics that the traditions of the territory have transmitted.
Stretching along Italy’s eastern coast with neighbors, Umbria to its west and Abruzzo to its south, Marche is a region with a varying climate from north to south. Its coastal plains roll into hills that become the Apennine Mountains, which run the length of the country. The Marche's best red wines come from the grapes, Montepulciano and Sangiovese; the local Verdicchio makes refreshing, crisp and light whites.
One of central Italy’s classic white grapes, Verdicchio thrives in two distinct zones of the Marche. The best vineyards of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi adorn hillsides a mere 20 miles from the Adriatic Sea. The vineyards of the smaller, more inland Verdicchio di Matelica, are at higher elevation. Somm Secret—Recent genetic discoveries have proven that the Verdicchio grape is identical to Trebbiano di Soave, Trebbiano di Lugana and Trebbiano Veltenesi.