2016 Stefano Antonucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Pignocco

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Stefano Antonucci was difficult to miss at VinItaly with what might be the loudest rainbow-plaid sports jacket ever made. The philosophy of his estate seemingly couldn’t be further from his outlandish appearance. They work with the premise that nobody has innate knowledge of winemaking, and that every vintage represents a new learning opportunity for all involved. They are committed to the favored local varieties of the Marche region, namely verdicchio and montepulciano, but they also enjoy exploring the possibilities of French grapes, and have planted cabernet, merlot, and syrah, among others. To the west of The Castle of Barbara, on the top of a hill, surrounded by vineyards, there is a little church with dazzling white plaster baroques. There by its side stood a towering pine with a rounded mane of foliage, known in local lore as the “Pignocco”. This subtle, mineral-driven verdicchio makes friends easily with anything from the sea.

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