Pievalta San Paolo Castelli di Jesi 2016

Verdicchio’s long tradition as the Marche’s banner grape and its reputation as one of Italy’s greatest Italian white varieties is highly respected by the stewards of viti- and viniculture at Pievalta. Verdicchio production here is centered in the place-name appellation Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi in the Ancona province of the Marche region. Pievalta’s young history was made possible by the vision of Silvano Brescianini (winemaker and Managing Partner of Barone Pizzini) who tapped enologist Alessandro Fenino to manage this ambitious project in 2002.

Pievalta’s San Paolo Verdicchio Riserva is sourced from the single vineyard of San Paolo. The three hectare site sits at an average of 200-300 meters above sea level with a northeastern exposure on Monte Follonica hillside on the right bank of the Esino River. Soils are calcareous clay and sandstone in origin. The alchemical symbol on the label means summer because of the richness and energy of this reserve wine. Since 2008, all Pievalta wines have been certified Biodynamic by Demeter.

San Paolo Verdicchio is harvested in late August for a direct pressing and fermentation in stainless steel, and aging in stainless for 26 months. Bentonite is used as the fining agent.

Tasting Notes

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi boasts a microclimate well suited for lighter and fresher Verdicchio expression. Clay and limestone amplify minerality and freshness of fruit character. A tell-tale varietal note of all Verdicchio is often described as sweet almond. Verdicchio is a non-aromatic variety, but expect a streak of citrus to show, especially lime. Because Verdicchio maintains high levels of tartaric acidity, the wines can be crisp, refreshing and highly age-worthy.

Food Pairing

Verdicchio brilliantly pairs with Fritto Misto, and within the context of local fare, all things seafood are natural go-to pairings. Because of the added textural richness from long lees aging, diverse crudo preparations and seafood-inspired pasta dishes are natural matches.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOCG
Vineyard name
Vineyard size
8 acres
Soil composition
calcareous -clay sandstone
Training method
825 feet
3.6 tons
Year vineyard planted
Harvest time
End of August
First vintage of this wine
Bottles produced of this wine
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Verdicchio
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15 days
Fermentation temperature
70 °F
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
Size of aging container
105 HL
Length of aging before bottling
Certified Eco-Friendly Practices
Certifying Organizations

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