Villa Bucci, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva, Le Marche, 2003

OK, it’s a mouthful to say, but worth it—if you’re studying Italian. Le Marche is known for Verdicchio, classico means it’s from the original, best part of the appellation, and riserva means it’s been aged longer (in barrel or bottle—in this case both—6 months oak, the rest in bottle).

Bucci is said to be one of the best producers in the area, and I think it shows. The color was darker gold (already 5 years old upon release!), and had beautiful fig, almond, and faint dry herbs (oregano?) in the nose. It was rich, full and concentrated in the mouth with mineral notes in balance with lots of acidity. It had a long spicy finish, lots of character, and lots of structure. Some perceived a musky quality to the wine which wasn’t to their liking, however. I thoroughly enjoyed this wine, but thought it was a bit expensive. But actually when you start looking at fine California Chardonnay or White Burgundy, it really isn’t that bad for this quality.

My score: 90
Gambero Rosso: 3 glasses