Villa Bucci's Verdicchios have wowed wine critics the last few vintages and since 2017 no other producer has received as many 94 & 95 point ratings. In fact 8 of Wine Enthusiast's top 12 Verdicchios ever are from Bucci. Both the regular and the reserve Verdicchio score highly and are more stylistically different than qualitatively so.
The just released 2020 is a worthy follow up to the 95pt 2018 and 2019 vintages. We flew through our allocation of the 2019 (Wine Enthusiast's #2 Wine of the Year) and very few wines we've sold have garnered more amazed comments from our customers. Usually along the lines of "you told me it was going to be good, but WOW!" or "I didn't think a white wine under $30 could be so complex and amazing."
Verdicchio from Marche’s prestigious Castelli dei Jesi DOC has been called the “White Barolo'' because it’s layered, profoundly aromatic, and cellarworthy—a true noble in the court of Italian viticulture. Bucci's Verdicchio is a revelation of dry Italian elegance that justifies that nickname. Aged in large, old oak barrels, it has a lush, round creaminess that will drive Chardonnay drinkers to distraction.Few producers execute this balance as perfectly as consummate craftsman Ampelio Bucci, who has been called “the dean of Verdicchio” by leading Italian wine expert Ian d’Agata. A former fashion consultant, Bucci now “happens to make two of Italy’s best white wines,” according to Vinous.
The 2020 is a gorgeous golden-straw color with glittering platinum streaks throughout. Mind altering aromas of salted lemon peel, white nectarine, watermelon rind, and Granny Smith apple take center stage with a racy periphery of wet stones, sea spray, and white florals. The palate continues the sensory overload incorporating all the aromatic cues and leaves with a seductive kiss of caperberry and polished mineral tones.