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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.
A bounty of ruby red cranberry, cheery, and black plum. Soft velvet like tannins and perfect acidity to make this a wine enjoyable on it own or with food. It has winter spice and herbaceous notes giving it a savory quality.
This medium bodied ruby wine goes great with barbecued and grilled meats, pork fillet with fruit sauce (plum or apple), deep tomato sauces, and roasted carrots.
Il Carbonaione is a full-bodied, rich wine with an exuberant personality and great aging potential. It has abundant aromas of red and dark berry fruits - tart cherries, blackberries, currants, and plums with notes of spice. On the palate, the wine is lush and full-bodied with flavors of berry fruits buoyed by focused tannins unfolding over a pleasant, lingering finish.
James Suckling Top 100 Wines of 2019: ""A fruity style, boasting cherry and raspberry flavors and a light touch of oak spice. Leather, earth, iron and sanguine elements creep in as this gains air. Firms up, ending with a dusty finish." 97 Points
Pale yellow in color, this 100% Vermentino shows aromas and flavors of lemon-peel, flowers and ‘macchia,’ the smell of the wild herbs that surround the limestone-rich vineyards. Fresh acidity makes this a very versatile food wine (a natural choice with seafood), and I love it as a dry aperitif too.
Straw yellow with golden reflections in glass. The bouquet is an elegant array of wild spring flowers and fruit, with prominent notes of mango, banana and golden apple. The taste confirms those sensations with a long persistent finish.
This bottle is a blend of Grechetto and Viogner. Those are the only white grapes cultivated in the estate.
Light red garnet in color. Earthy and bready tones at the nose with whiffs of tomato, red pepper and carnation. Fresh and clean to the palate, with a country charming flavor. A wine that ask to be drunk in appreciation of simple things in life.