2017 'VIGNA' Il Cantico della Figura Riserva dei Castelli di Jesi Andrea Felici
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After tasting the 'regular' bottling this Riserva is impressively different. From vines planted more than 50 years ago, the Vigna has more of everything. The taut and fresh frame is laced with beautiful acidity. Yet there is a power and firm drive here too. A broad power that gently impresses itself. Such purity is delicious and the length is wonderful with some stone and citrus fruit, firm pear and white peach notes. This is juicy, mouthwatering and yet still tightly wrapped, with plenty of life ahead of it. One to enjoy for many years. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 L&S (Feb 2020)
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Spicy yellow florals, crushed stone, lime zest and crisp green apple creates a stimulating and incredibly fresh display on the 2017 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva Vigna Il Cantico della Figura. It’s crisp and pure, tugging at the senses with citrusy tension and salty minerals. A gorgeous expression of ripe apricot lingers on and on. This is a great mixing of sweet fruit, acid and structure that leaves the palate wanting another sip.Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Sep 2020)
More flinty, stony and spicy than their Classico Superiore 2018 on both nose and palate. Leaner and keener. Lovely precision and focus, and pretty good length too. Shows the impact of elevation, taking a character more akin to Verdicchio di Matelica. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (Apr 2020)
From 50-year old vines and aged for 12 months on the lees, this is ripe and voluptuous, with balance, purity of style, and potential for further ageing Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 95 Decanter Magazine (Mar 2020)
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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