Villa Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva 2020


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“The 2020 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva Villa Bucci wafts up with a delicate bouquet that blends spring flowers with gingery spices and crushed rocks. It’s seamless and silky in feel, with saline minerals up front, giving way to crisp orchard fruits. This is more savory than sweet, finishing with admirable length and youthful tension. The final sensation is one of liquid stone under an air of rosemary. Drinking window: 2025-2030. 92 points

Villa Bucci’s Riserva remains the region’s iconic and benchmark wine. Before Verdicchio’s modern-day rise in quality, Bucci was one of a handful of producers who believed in Verdicchio and communicated its importance to the world. To this day, the Bucci Riserva style of oak aging and superior fruit sets this wine apart. However, I must say that I would like to see more of a focus on their entry-level Verdicchio and Rosso, which display a vast disparity in quality from the Riserva and Villa Bucci wines. As we went to press, I received word that ownership is changing.”

Eric Guido, Vinous (05/24)