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||94+ Pts Ian Dagata - Vinous Media||Size:||750ML
94+ Pts Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
"Vivid gold-tinged straw-yellow. Knockout nose of honeyed pineapple, mango juice, candied ginger, crushed stone and white pepper. Then rich and subtly sweet--almost fat--with a pliancy and texture more like an Alsatian wine than any Italian white. This round, full-bodied big boy boasts a very long, slowly mounting floral and honeyed finish with vibrant acids that keep it light on its feet. Not quite as opulent as some past Balciana wines (think 2006 or 2007, for example), but absolutely memorable. I really believe this single-vineyard wine is one of Italy's five or six best whites in its better vintages. It also ages well, usually still improving six to eight years after the vintage." (04/13)
91 Pts Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2009 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Balciana is a bit more laid back than previous vintages. Sartarelli fans know the Balciana for its trademark exotic, lush personality, but sadly the wine found limited commercial acceptance, so the estate dialed back the late-harvest style. The 2009 has lovely textural polish and fabulous balance, but isn't the standout it has been in the past. Scents of white peaches, flowers and mint linger on the finish. Call me nostalgic, but I much prefer previous vintages of the Balciana." (02/13)
"Beautiful and intense straw yellow color with nuances of
golden yellow. Intense on the nose with hints of ripe fruits, tropical and citrus
fruits, touches of spice, liquorice root, almonds and honey. It is strong on the
palate but at the same time fresh and flavorful with a persistent taste and smell. It
is full-bodied with an intense harmoniously balanced flavor, and despite the high
alcoholic content, it is extremely agreeable to the palate." - Importer
"Located in the heart of the Marche on the west side of the Esino river, Sartarelli encompasses 66 hectares of vines located 300-350 feet above sea level. With an average vine age of 33 years and soils that are characterized by calcareous and marl stone, owners Donatella Sartarelli and her husband Patrizio Chiacchiarini are producing wines that are very terrior driven and classic to the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC."
"As with many of the producers Sherbrooke Cellars partners with, Donatella and Patrizio firmly believe that the wine is made in the vineyard. To this end they are practicing substainable farming, only using pesticides when absolutely necessary and allowing grasses to grow in order to replenish nutrients into the soil. During harvest, which usually occurs between mid-September and mid-October, they make multiple passes through the vineyards, taking only the fruit that is at its optimum ripeness."
"All of the grapes are soft pressed, with fermentation for the Classico and Tralivio being done in stainless steel and the Balciana and Passeto in cement. No oak is used at all, allowing for the purity of the fruit to come through. The end result are artisanal wines that are clean, soft, and layered with complexity." - Importer
This wine was also rated 88 Points in Wine Spectator.