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Rossese di Dolceacqua wines must be at least 90-percent Rossese to be labeled as such, and the remaining 10 percent may be made up with various other red varieties sanctioned for use in the Imperia province. Rossese has been a key grape here since it arrived from Provence, just a stone's throw over the border to the west. In terms of Ligurian red grape varieties, Rossese is only rivaled for prestige by Dolcetto, which makes up the Ormeasco di Pornassio DOC wines.
The Bucci family has owned their estate in the Marche, near the town of Montecarotto where the family has its origins, since the 18th century. But it was Ampelio Bucci who first began making outstanding Verdicchio wines in 1982. The estate comprises 300 hectares in the western part of the Marche region, including 31 hectares under vine – 25 planted to Verdicchio and 6 to Montepulciano and Sangiovese. In addition to wine, Bucci produces other staples including durum wheat, peas, sugar beets, olives and sunflowers.
The estate has been officially certified for practicing organic agriculture for over 25 years, but like many of the great wine estates of Italy, Bucci doesn’t boast about that fact. Bucci currently produces about 120,000 bottles a year, most of which is their two Verdicchio wines. From the start, Bucci has been assisted by the now-legendary enologist Giorgio Grai, who has been responsible for some of Italy’s greatest white wines.
BOUQUET: Tropical fruit fragrances, yellow flowers, and during refinement in the bottle it acquires the typical scent of hydrocarbons.
TASTE: Full-bodied wine, with an enjoyable freshness and solidity, supported by an excellent base sweetness.
IDEAL WITH: It accompanies base dishes such as fish and seafood very well, as well as white meat, and it is an excellent aperitif.
EVOLUTION: It is a wine that can easily age for 4-5 years in the bottle, notably improving its quality over time and acquiring a surprising complexity.