La Monacesca, Mirum, 2014

Verdicchio di Matelica, Marche, Italy

La Monacesca, Mirum, 2014

Verdicchio di Matelica, Marche, Italy

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Grape Varietes: Verdicchio 100% Wine Style: Softer Riper Whites Winemaker: Aldo Cifola Optimum Drinking: 2017-2021 Reviewer Rating: 92 Reviewer: James Suckling Code: 102951 Alcohol: 13.5%
Estate Notes

Father and son Casimiro and Aldo have been tending Monacesca’s low yielding, late harvest, old vines from an ancient monastery in the stunning Appennine Hills since the 1960s and their Verdicchios compete with Italy’s finest whites.

La Monacesca (lit. Monastery), which is situated in the township of Matelica in the Marche region of central Italy, dates back to 900 AD, when a group of Benedictine monks fled persecution to the Apennine hills to practice viticulture. In the 1960s Casimiro Cifola set about unlocking the mountainside's potential and raising its international profile. While less well-known than its famous seaside sibling Castelli di Jesi, both Casimiro and Aldo have been at the forefront of Verdicchio's quality renaissance in Matelica.

Monacesca's Mirum is one of the finest Italian white wines on the market from an estate that is now widely regarded as one of the finest white wine producing estates not just in Marche, but the whole of Italy. The combination of hot days and cool nights encourages high levels of both acidity and alcohol. Given a dry autumn Verdicchio can reach optimal phenolic maturity which, when combined with the high acidity, provides all the ingredients necessary for ageing.

Reviews

"La Monacesca, one of the best producers of Verdicchio wines, takes its name from the Benedictine monks who arrived in the area of Matelica in the 10th century, building a monastery (monaco, or monk in English, hence La Monacesca). The estate was founded in 1966, and the passionate Aldo Cifola now runs the estate’s roughly 30 hectares. Through the years, La Monacesca has produced some of Italy’s greatest white wines, especially the Riserva Mirum, which boasts texture and precision not unlike that of a grand cru white Burgundy.” Antonio Galloni

"With its extraordinary interpretation of the Matelica DOC, Aldo Cifola's winery is the perfect exponent of the concept of terroir." Gambero Rosso