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.