90 Points- Vinous Media
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
92 Insider Points
"Medium straw-yellow. Enticing, delicate aromas of white stone fruits and white flowers are complicated by a hint of balsamic herbs. Bright and juicy in the mouth, showing a saline undertone to its minty apple and chamomile flavors. Finishes long and bright, with a refined saline touch. Entry-level Verdicchio this good is hard to come by, although this vintage tastes like it has a bit more than the 12.5% alcohol stated on the label."- Vinous Media
Celebrate the end of summer with this tasty Verdicchio from the Marche, the perfect white for pairing with seafood and salads. Delicious and fresh, green fruit, tree fruit, a hint of lime, great balance, a flinty minerality and bright acids. Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ Sept 2016
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Noble Verdicchio is the absolute only grape that matters to the Sartarelli/Chiacchiarini family. Owners Patrizio Chiacchiarini and Daniela Sartarelli, joined by their children Tommaso and Caterina, make Verdicchio and only Verdicchio at their estate deep in Italy’s rustic Marche. Just so happens, this Verdicchio is perhaps the best on the planet.
“This wine packs plenty of coastal character for the money,” writes Wine & Spirits Magazine, scoring this traditional, brisk white with an impressive 90 points. “Zesty acidity underlies its flavors of yellow apple, lime and tarragon; it finishes on a briny note that leaves you craving oysters."
It may sound nutty, but the overriding characteristic of top Verdicchio wines is a note of almond. The richness of roasted nuts mixed with the almond’s typically bitter bite makes for a haunting white wine with an aroma and palate impression that is truly unlike any other. Sartarelli’s version displays this almond character in spades, along with lemony notes and a grassy, refreshing finish. No oak is used here, and the finished wine is as bright and pure as a springtime romp in the Apennine Mountains.
Terrific with rice dishes, seafood, turkey and anything egg-based (and remember, eggs are notoriously hard to match with wine), this classic Italian white is a study in classic, regional winemaking.
Reasons why we love it:
As stewards for the environment, the proprietors of this winery maintain a naturally grassy look in the vineyard which helps to prevent soil erosion on the steep slopes and to maintain a constant supply of organic material. The grass between vine rows also benefits the soil without the need for chemical additives, and pesticides are employed here only when absolutely necessary.
This winemaking family has grown grapes in what is now the dei Castelli di Jesi DOC since the mid 1960s, at first selling their prized fruit to local wineries. In 1972, they began bottling their own estate-grown wines.
Sartarelli’s high-altitude vineyards (located at 300-350 feet above sea level) boast an average vine age of 33 years and soils that are rich in calcareous and marl stone.
Straw yellow and bright in the glass, this ’14 Verdicchio smells, tastes and feels like sunshine. Succulent orchard and citrus fruit are framed by fresh-cut mint and crushed granite in this classic bottling that culminates a satisfying bitter almond finish.
The small Marche winery of Sartarelli hit the world scene in 1994, when it launched the late-harvest Verdicchio wine of Contrada Balciana. Much to the surprise of many wine connoisseurs, this small, low-tech winery was able to produce a flavorful and balanced wine of surprising depth and complexity. A true reflection of its terroir, the now-iconic wine was made with artisanal methods like very low yields and long hang times, allowing the fruit to achieve extraordinary flavor. T
he unique style of Balciana is now Sartarelli's trademark and has inspired a legion of would-be imitators. Sartarelli, located in the village of Poggio Dan Marcello in the gorgeous Marche region, was founded in 1972 but did not actively pursuing high-quality winemaking until years later. Now, the firm's main objective is to extract the very best of the native Verdicchio grape. To that aim, Sartarelli has been perfecting the variety, using clones from its own vineyards to achieve a truly unique taste.
The company has grown considerably since the mid-1990s and now has three excellent Verdicchio wines: the original Contrada Balciana, Verdiccio Tralivio (made in a similar but lighter style than Balciana) and Verdicchio Cassico (a direct and usually flawless presentation of Verdicchio's character). The vineyards are planted on steep terraces at an altitude of 300 to 350 meters above sea level. Care of the vineyards is of foremost importance at Sartarelli, and each step of the growing and harvesting processes are carefully monitored. Grass is left to grow between rows of vines to keep soil nutrients intact, and vine yields are kept very low to ensure high-quality grapes.
Makes a perfect pairing for oysters, seafood, and fresh grilled vegetables.