Wine: Italy’s verdicchios
Judged by nose alone, verdicchio is “among the prettiest white wines in the world,” said Tom Hyland in Forbes.com. It’s also among the best values, in part because its reputation took a hit when the wine was mass-produced in the 1970s and ’80s. Today, many critics consider it Italy’s best white, a wine worthy of aging.
2015 Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica ‘Vigneto Fogliano’ ($18). This “superb” single-vineyard wine has aromas of jasmine and orange blossom, “beautiful texture,” and a long finish.
2016 Tenuta di Tavignano Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi ‘Misco’ ($20). Like most verdicchios, this harmonious wine hails from the Castelli di Jesi region, near the Adriatic Sea. It smells of golden apple, orange zest, and honey.
2015 Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Superiore ‘Podium’ ($23). This lovely wine offers lush texture and bright acidity, with pear and tarragon on the nose.