Avoiding the Pre-Mox Blues

Let us say up front, we LOVE White Burgundy. We’ll drink as much Grand Cru Chablis or serious Meursault as anyone else will pay for. BUT, there has been a serious problem the last few years with bottles of even (some would say especially) top producer’s wines tasting over the hill when they are still babies. So much so that local Burg fiend Don Cornwell has spent a lot of time and energy creating and maintaining a Wiki about it in an attempt to provide data to find a cause / cure: http://oxidised-burgs.wikispaces.com/  As a result a lot of people have found a way to scratch that itch (and for a LOT less money) with two specific wine types from Italy: Soave (the top examples of which are rich, lush and complex  yet underpinned with bracing acidity, reminiscent of wines from Meursault or Chassagne Montrachet,look for them in the Veneto Whites section) and Verdicchio…

 

Belisario Verdicchio di Matelica L’Anfora 2011, Marche  

Verdicchio is sort of central Italy’s retort to real Chablis: crisp, minerally, fabulous with a wide range of foods and affordable. The top examples can even age for more than a decade (some are not even released till then!). This is a solid mid level, school night white that is sure to delight. Groovy old school bottle no extra charge….

 

Tenuta dell’Ugolino Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2010, Marche

Tenuta dell’Ugolino Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Vigneto del Balluccio 2011, Marche  

Verdicchio, grown in the cool, stony foothills of the mountains on the Adriatic Coast of Le Marche makes a dandy alternative to the steely, minerally textures of REAL Chablis. This year at VinItaly we chased down a small but VERY highly regarded Verdicchio producer and made a deal to bring you his wonderful wines. Taste and believe…