Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica "Vigneto Fogliano" DOCG 2019
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Brothers Giuseppe and Pierino Bisci first purchased their vineyards in 1972. The land was widely regarded as optimal for planting Verdicchio and 85% of the roughly 50 acres of vineyards are devoted to Verdicchio. The south-facing vineyards are at elevations of about 900-1000 feet above sea level, located within a valley that runs parallel to the sea, providing excellent protection from hail and frost, and also creates a more continental microclimate than the surrounding environment. The grapes are able to ripen fully during the hot summers while maintaining refreshing acidity with cool nights. The vineyards are all certified organic.
Produced only in the best vintages and made from 100% grapes of Verdicchio Matelica, this wine has a remarkable structure and is distinguished by its longevity during which one gradually discovers its qualities. It has typical aromas along with a typical slightly bitter taste of almond. It reaches its maximum expression after two years of aging.
The Bisci Verdicchio is fermented in inert cement vats at a cool temperature to protect the aromatic compounds. The wine is then matured for 8 months in cement, which allows for slow micro-oxygenation, while not imparting additional flavor characteristics to the wine. Exposure to small amounts of oxygen over time helps protect the wine from oxidizing in the bottle and increases the complexity of aromas and the wine’s structure. Intense notes of Meyer lemon, white flowers, and green apples on the nose continue on to the palate. Bright acidity and the wine’s minerality make this a great companion to light foods.
- 100% organically cultivated Verdicchio
- Entirely from the four hectare Fogliano cru vineyard
- Fogliano was planted in 1978 – vines now 40 years old
- 300-350 meters above sea level
- Calcareous clay soils
- Fermented in glass-lined cement tank
- Aged sur-lie for 15 months, and refined 3 months in bottle before release
- First vintage 1988
- 1000 cases produced on average annually
Ratings & Reviews
92 Points - Vinous Media (2018):
"The 2018 Verdicchio di Matelica Vigneto Fogliano is floral and elegant, showing yellow and green citrus, with wonderfully pure ripe melon and a hint of raw honey. It’s medium weight hosts silky textures which are perfectly matched by ripe stone fruits, with saline-minerality adding complexity and grip, while riding a core of stimulating acidity. There’s really so much to like here. Its body, richness and primary fruit speak of the calcareous clay soils these vines grow in, at an elevation between 300-350 meters and with a full southern exposure. The Fogliano spends 18 months on the lees in cement tank before bottling. It’s a gorgeous wine." - Eric Guido (9/2020)