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From a single vineyard, 50-year-old vines. Organic. Fermented on the skins for two weeks, aged in vitrified cement tanks on lees for 12 months. Six months in bottle before release. Mimosa and cashew nut and lemon peel on the nose. Long and compact in tight-knit folds, a framework woven of tarragon and lemon zest. Herbal and crystalline and quite closed at the moment, but there are notes of quince and green apricot. You could drink this now, but it would be a shame. There is so much more to come if you can hold on to it for a couple of years at least. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 17+ Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2018)
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(50 year old vines, single vineyard) Creamier, waxy nose, with fig and rich pear, apple and quince. Palate is complex, nicely rich but balanced by a bright acidity, zest underpinning quince and ripe pear fruit, deliciously balanced and pure with lovely length.L&S (Apr 2017)
Pale yellow-green. Captivating aromas of citrus peel, apricot, pear and spice. Rich, ripe and pliant, but a firm mineral underpinning gives shape and lift to the tannic flavors of apple, apricot and spices. Finishes long and juicy. Already accessible, but this will be better with a year in the bottle. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 91 Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com (Feb 2018)
2020 is Leo Felici's Year. He could not be more excited - or a more worthy winner of his new title 'Italy's Best Winemaker' from the Gambero Rosso Guide. As Antonio Galloni writes - 'Leopardo Felici has a great hand with the Verdicchio grape, producing two of the Marche’s best white wines. Clearly, the vineyard location in the cool-climate, hilly area between Apiro and Cupramontana is a big help, as the wines have high natural acidity, a strong mineral overlay and wonderful clarity. But strong viticultural and winemaking skills also play a role. Felici is one of the few producers of “vino biologico” in Italy talented enough to avoid making wines with off-putting aromas, and his decision not to use oak (only stainless steel and cement vats are used) also contributes to the precision of the wines. Andrea Felici is a name to watch in Italian wine circles.'
Found between Apiro and Cupramontana, right at the heart of the Verdicchio region, Apiro is ideally placed on the foothills of Mount San Vicino (m 1479), at 516 m above sea level. The landscape is wonderful, a green valley with rolling hills, covered with beautiful woods and vines, marked by the high peaks of Gran Sasso and Maiella that stand out towards the horizon in the south and the the peaks of Mount Catria that are found to the north. The Felici wines are produced here with the vineyards benefitting from the altitude and the cool breezes from the Adriatic Sea. The variable temperatures are important factors when producing this light and crisp wine. Leo practices organic viticulture; the grapes are picked by hand and pressed within a few hours. The wine is then matured in cement and stainless steel vats and the finished product is “marked by incredible purity of fruit and minerality.”
Winemaking - The wine is made from grapes of young and old vines (6/7 yr old and 35 yr old). Once pressed, the wine spends two days on the skins followed by ageing in cement and stainless steel vats (on the lees). A further two months of ageing takes place in the bottle before release.
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