I’ve had a bit of a thing for sardines lately, and last night had some with pasta and a bottle of Verdicchio dei Castelli Jesi Classico 2004 from ‘Monticelli’ Azienda Agricola Monte Schiavo.
It was a clear, bright, pale lemon with sheeting legs. It had a clean nose with some yeast and nuts with a surprising hit of broad beans. Tinned broad beans.
It was blisteringly dry with a high acidity and just a prickle of tannin from skin contact. A medium bodied wine with medium alcohol. It was oily with lots of minerality with lemons, nuts and lots of yeast.
There was a lot going on, which didn’t really hold together on its own, but went fabulously well with the seafood pasta. Late harvested at high altitude this wine was made with care, and is just made for food.
I picked this bottle up from Majestic, and it is reasonable value.