This bottling of Colle Stefano Spumante sees at least 18 months on the lees - longer than the regulations for base-level Champagne. 100% estate fruit from a family-owned property, this is a small production wine from a selective property.
This bone dry (extra-brut) wine manifests the character of Verdicchio - almond blossom, lemon zest, and salinity, while also displaying a hint of biscuity, croissant-dough yeastiness that we love about wines made in the traditional method. The wine maintains the signature laser-like acidity of the grape.
Pairings: Perfect for briny foods, raw seafood like oysters, but also brightens up richer preparations with lobster, crab, scallops, and cream-based dishes.
Verdicchio is a white wine grape variety that has been cultivated for hundreds of years in the Marche region of central Italy. It is a versatile variety, used both for light, easy-drinking table wines, and for more complex, ageworthy examples. It is commonly lauded by critics as being one of Italy's best white wine grape varieties, and is found in vineyards across the country.
Welcome to the edge – the eastern edge of Central Italy, that is. This is the region of Le Marche (Lay mary-Kay) and it is a wine region to be taken seriously, not just because it birthed the founder of one of America’s most famous wine dynasties
The name Le Marche is quite unique, and originates from the medieval communes that used to make up the area. The regional capital, Ancona, was a major port town, first for the Roman Empire and subsequently for the other cultures that occupied it after the Empire’s fall. Now, Le Marche is known for its beautiful coastline.
Regarding wine, though, it is farther inland where things get really interesting. The western border is formed by a swath of the Apennine Mountain Range, and the Adriatic lies to the East, forming a diverse offering of various terroir with calcareous and limestone soil. Whereas the southern part of the region has what is called a Mediterranean/maritime climate (land influenced by the sea) the northern half is characterized by a much more continental climate