from Italian White Wines Can Age. #truth
by Joanie Karapetian – July 22, 2014

this Verdicchio di Matelica from classic producer, Bisci, is gorgeous with 10 years of bottle age. The steeliness of youth found in some Verdicchio di Matelica wines is fleshed out by the long, slow, micro-oxidation of the wine through its cork. A wine that might have been overtly bright and cheerful in its youth become more brooding- complex, aromatic, and oilier on the palate.

For the record the pairing of this Verdicchio with savory, slow-grilled peaches and yogurt with basil and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar was just about the most perfect food-and-wine pairing I can remember. (Bravo, Geoff and Amber!) Now that’s my kind of dessert.

Not every Italian white wine can age. However you will find greatness more often than not, especially with the combination of the right grape varietal, vinified by an experienced producer. Verdicchio, Trebbiano, Soave, Fiano are all great places to start if you’re looking to taste some older whites wines from Italy. These varietals all seem to have the backbone and the acidity to evolve with time.