La Monacesca, Verdicchio di Matelica, 2015

Verdicchio di Matelica, Marche, Italy

La Monacesca, Verdicchio di Matelica, 2015

Verdicchio di Matelica, Marche, Italy



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Grape Varietes: Verdicchio 100% Wine Style: Softer Riper Whites Winemaker: Aldo Cifola Optimum Drinking: 2018-2020 Reviewer Rating: 91 Reviewer: CFW Code: 102952 Alcohol: 13.5%
Estate Notes

La Monacesca’s entry level Verdicchio (and we say this despite it being superior to every other Verdicchio we have tasted outside of Monacesca), is complex and concentrated, with honeyed notes singing over a mineral base.

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: complex and concentrated, yet elegant and refined, our customers have been saying this since the 2001 vintage.

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.


Exuberant aromatic richness, yielding notes of anise, citron, and dried fruit. Powerful and full-bodied on the palate, it maintains its remarkable concentration on through a very lengthy finish. The minerally edge to the finish reflects its terroir and makes it a good complement to elaborate recipes with fish; its firm structure will go very well with fresh cheeses and light meats.