Verdicchio di Matelica Poggio alle Rondini 2013

By | December 9, 2014

Poggio alle RondiniI am partial to a regular Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi,  not just when it comes in the super-cool “Gina Lollobrigida” bottles.  Okay so not everyone thinks those hourglass bottles are super-cool, but that’s probably because they are not super-cool people.

This Verdicchio di Matelica Poggio alle Rondini is made from the same kind of grapes, but grown up the road on slightly higher slopes, making it quite a bit tastier.

It’s a pale lemon-straw colour with a citrus smell.  It’s dry, bone dry, but not lip puckeringly so.  It has a minerally acidity, at a medium high level.  The flavour cuts through that well with lots of grapefruity goodness and abitterness that’s properly described as almondy, but I find it more peach-stone-like, but then I do like the flavour of peach stones.

I was a big fan of Schweppes’ Russchian years ago before they started to mess with the formula.  There’s just a hint of that zingy, bitter deliciousness in this wine.  There’s a bit of honey that follows all that zip.  It all adds up to quite some mouthfeel so you get a bigger body than you might expect for an everyday Italian wine.  The alcohol level is bang on medium, so go ahead with that second glass.

I really enjoyed this wine as something a little different, and I thought it was reasonably priced at £10, but at the moment it’s part of a promotion at Majestic if you order two or more bottles, so you can get it for £7.50 which I think is a great price.

2 thoughts on “Verdicchio di Matelica Poggio alle Rondini 2013

  1. Tristan McConnell

    I remember the Schweppes Russchian, great with Vodka.

  2. Tristan McConnell

    I have been to Matelica, and it must be my accent, but nobody believes that a town in the Marche is named after a heavy metal band.
    The local wine Verdiccio is unique and excellent with food, in fact my top Italian white.

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