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Bucci Verdicchio Classico Riserva 'Villa Bucci'

Bucci

VERDICCHIO CLASSICO RISERVA “VILLA BUCCI” DOC: 
100% varietal, from the oldest (40 years old) and best exposed vineyards, only produced in the finest vintages.  Undergoes 1½ to 2 years in Slavonian oak (50 and 75 hl.), then at least 1 year in the bottle previous to release.  A white wine with many of the characteristics of a fine red!  Its serving temperature, therefore, must not be excessively cool, especially for older vintages (best at 15/18° C, i.e. 59-64.4° F), and the bottle should be uncorked at least half an hour beforehand.  This is because its lengthy élevage turns the wine’s primary aromas (grapes, flowers) into secondary and tertiary ones – spice, aromatic herbs, flinty and mineral notes, honey, nuts etc. – that need to breathe at the proper temperature.
The '01 vintage was White Wine of the Year 2005 (Gambero Rosso/Slow Food)

TYPE
White
GRAPES
100% Verdicchio
LONGEVITY
Amazing cellar life
PRODUCTION
WINEMAKER
Giorgio Grai
VINEYARD CHARACTARISTICS
From the oldest and best exposed vineyards - over 40-year-old vines that were originally selected from the finest buds of Bucci’s private nursery. Terrain is min. 30% clayey & calcareous, and cultivation is organic.
VINIFICATION AND AGING
Since the winery is underground, no refrigeration is normally utilized. Grapes are soft-pressed at a controlled temperature & only the free-run is employed. Villa Bucci undergoes 1½ to 2 years' ageing in large old Slavonian & French oak barrels (40/50/75
TASTING NOTES
Deep, brilliant straw yellow w/greenish hues; intense, complex, persistent bouquet of apricot compote, spice, hazelnut, honey & flint; full body, exceptional, layered richness, superb balance & persistence.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS
A white wine w/the structure, traits & élevage of a red, its serving temperature shld not be too cold & btl is best opened min. ½ hr beforehand to let the aromas breathe properly. We suggest 15-18° C (59-64.4° F), to match fish, shellfish, oysters, & lobs
ANALYSIS DATA
Alc. cont. 13% by vol.
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