Critical Acclaim-New York Times May 21, 2020 "The grape is verdicchio, and the area is Matelica in the Marche region, not nearly as well known for its verdicchio wines as its Marche neighbor, Castelli di Jesi, which is closer to the Adriatic. This wine is vibrant and energetic, with aromas of flowers and almonds, and a spine of electric acidity, typical of the inland, higher elevation Matelica area. Collestefano is a top-flight producer there. It farms organically, and makes this wine straightforwardly and simply. Drinking it is a wake-up call." -Eric Asimov
Taste: It has a bright straw yellow colour with greenish shades, a pure fragrance of vegetal notes of ginger and cardamom and a fruity bouquet with unripe nectarine. The palate combines the typical sparkling crispness of Collestefano and a rich fruity allure. Long-lasting and nuanced finish with a touch of ginger and sweet almond. During its refinement in bottles, it will gain a metallic, honeyed character with an exquisite aftertaste of candy citrus fruit, without giving up its proverbial verve which made it the cult wine par excellence of all its class. It matches perfectly with seafood, and it’s amazing with crudités.
Winery: The story of the Marchionni family, the owners of Collestefano, is a path of redemption. As a family of farmers, the Marchionnis arrived in the 1960s at Rustano di Castelraimondo (MC), in the valley of Verdicchio di Matelica. This hard-working family managed to acquire, in 1978, the small hillside village that has always been called “Collestefano”. In 1998 Fabio Marchionni, son of the owners and fresh graduate from Oenology, bottled his first vintage of Verdicchio di Matelica.
For Matelica that was the beginning of a new era!