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Stephen Tanzer's - International wine cellar

Stephen Tanzer's - International wine cellar

Issue 167: March/April 2013 > The Best New Wines from Central Italy > Collestefano

Ian D'Agata.

Mar/Apr 13

Collestefano

By Ian D'Agata

2012 Collestefano Verdicchio di Matelica                                                                                                         94

Pale straw-green. Knockout aromas of quince, pear, white peach and white flowers are complicated by lemony minerality on the vibrant, captivating nose. Rich and broad on entry, then explosive in the middle palate, saturating the mouth with bright, lively floral and fresh citrus flavors that are intensified by penetrating acidity. Finishes extremely long and creamy-rich, expanding to coat the palate and teeth with lingering white peach and floral flavors. The bright acidity conveys an almost weightless mouthfeel to this seamless, rich, extremely concentrated wine. You can tell that owner Fabio Marchionni studied white wine in Germany. This is but one of many outstanding vintages for this wine. Let me be clear: I think it is probably Italy's single greatest white wine buy.

 

(Oliver McCrum Wines, www.omwines.com; Polaner Selections, www.polanerselections.com; Vineyard Research, Lunenburg, MA; Cavatappi Distribuzione, www.cavatappi.com)