Casal di Serra is the wine of the month as it was tasted and rated by important journalists from New York to Toronto: Tom Yland’s summer wine for Forbes, Carolyn Evans Hammond tasted our Verdicchio for "The Wine Find" and Christopher Waters described it in the "Summery Wines to enjoy now" selection.
Forbes - Tom Yland
"The name may be a bit long for some consumers, but all you need to know is Umani Ronchi and Verdicchio - this is a match made in heaven. Verdicchio is a dry white wine made from the eponymous grape and it is arguably the finest white in all of Italy. It’s certainly one of the longest-lived, as many examples still drink well at 15-20 years of age. Yet Verdicchio is highly enjoyable upon release with flavors of melon, pear and notes of chamomile and lime in the perfumes. Umani Ronchi produces several examples of Verdicchio each vintage; the Casal di Serra is my favorite year in and year out. The grapes are sourced from some of the best Verdicchio vineyards owned by the estate; the vines are between eight and thirty years of age. Medium-bodied with notable richness on the palate, backed by lively acidity to maintain structure and freshness, this is a classic Verdicchio from the outstanding 2019 vintage. Yes, the wine should drink well for at least another seven to ten years (and probably longer), but it is gorgeous enjoyed tonight with most seafood, white meats or vegetable risotto. ($18)"
Toronto star - New finds in Vintages at the LCBO - Carolyn Evans Hammond
"White wine lovers should snap up the 2019 Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore from the Marche region of Italy(Vintages 268169 $19.95). This charmer gleams the colour of cut-hay, teems with the fragrance of lemons and almonds, and sweeps in with satisfying weight and substance, purity and balance. Each sip slowly unfurls with allusions of lemon zest, ruby grapefruit, bitter almond and a breezy flutter of wildflowers before tapering to a long stony-salty finish that leaves the palate beautifully seasoned. Fabulous little organic wine at a modest price. And just ideal with a grilled, pan-fried or poached piece of fish. Score: 93"
The globe and mail - Summery wines to enjoy now - Christopher Waters
"Produced at Umani Ronchi's Casal di Serra Montecarotto vineyard in Marche, this fresh and inviting white wine is made entirely from organic verdicchio grapes. The mix of citrus, nutty and herbal flavours make for a pleasant aperitif or a wine to enjoy with any entrèe that would benefit from a squeeze of lemon. Drink now to 2025. Available in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec."
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