92 Insider Points
When In Search of the Hidden Italia, Turn to Le Marche. This beautiful region is pretty unknown to most Americans, yet more often than not is a gem waiting to be found (bottles of wine among other amazing artisan products). Whether you're looking for more value or more quality, in many cases here it's both. Le Marche is an area I actively recommend. Colli Ripani is just one example of a producer providing high QPR.
The nose shows a deep limestone quality and a touch of almond. The palate is dry and refreshing, with more of the almond and an undertone of plaintane and tropical fruits, rounded out by smooth acidity and minerality. You should check these guys out on your next trip to Italy. 92 Points - JZ November '17
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC
Let there be no doubt: we love Italian white wine. This bottle caught our team by the touch during our latest foray into the Italian peninsula. We just had to bring it back to share! The pale gold glassful brims with tropical fruit and wisps of herbal notes. Bright, fresh, and citrusy, it’s a quencher all the way through the round and lingering finish.
To be fair, our intrepid travelers were as smitten with the wine as they were the view of the Adriatic Sea from the winery. From the high vantage point of Cantina Colli Ripani in Le Marche, you enjoy mountain vistas which surround you like a protective cloak and open to the sea like a safe passage home.
And you can taste every scenic view, every drop of hospitality in this singular and delectable bottle.
Why we love it:
Cantina Colli Ripani bottled their first wine in 1977. Must have been a damn fine year too, because they’ve been rolling out delicious bottles of Italian greatness ever since. The collective of 350 growers works diligently to ensure that their wines both reflect the bounty of their land and support their local community. Because, as the Italians well know, it takes a village.
Perched in high hills that overlook the Adriatic Sea from southern Le Marche, the sun shines brightly on Cantina Colli Ripani’s vines and the sheer beauty of the scenery passes flawlessly from vineyard to bottle. Castelli di Jesi is one of Marche’s more famed regions. Known for the ancient Verdicchio grape, this internationally acclaimed white wine region produces mineral driven, dry, refreshing white wines.
Insider fact: Verdicchio means ‘little green one,’ a reference to the small, green berries which carry the name.
A smooth drinking wine with citrus, vanilla, and subtle spice flavors.
One of central Italy’s classic white grapes, Verdicchio thrives in the Marche region; its best versions come from two distinct appellations. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, to the west of Ancona, is only 20 miles from the Adriatic Sea and the smaller, Verdicchio di Matelica, is inland and at a higher elevation. Castelli di Jesi is Marche’s largest DOC but its best wines come from its hillside vineyards. The best Verdicchio boast fresh citrus fruit with a mineral lift, a sturdy finish and can age for a decade. Recent genetic discoveries have proven that the Verdicchio grape is identical to Trebbiano di Soave, Trebbiano di Lugana and Trebbiano Veltenesi.
From the winery:
In the Marche region, on a hilly system that follows the river valleys up to the Adriatic, leaving behind the Apennines, at an altitude of 494 meters incredibly close to the coast: here stands one of the best known and most productive wineries in the region. The Cellar of the Ripani Hills .
Our history begins in 1969, our production in 1977, the year of the first vinification. It is precisely in these days that the land of the Cellar is transformed for the first time into wine: an exciting stage that we have chosen to remember, giving life to the homonymous Line 'sevantase77e , dedicated to the Ho.Re.Ca. market. To our wine repertoire are added three other autochthonous lines: the Colli Ripani Line , composed of ten wines that together tell the territory making each one a personal chapter of a single traveling story, the Bio Line , a true company philosophy obtained from grapes grown in the respect of the environment and processed with the help of renewable energy and the Line 508 , an exclusive selection of strictly local excellences, composed of 6 internationally recognized products for the quality of the bunches, the history and the rigor placed in the art of harvesting.
Pair this with a fruit and cheese plate or a fresh seafood salad.