Italian White Wines Can Age. #truth

Thank You Joanie Karapetian for a great post about #OldWhiteWine… So true… Italian whites CAN age beautifully, but she missed FRIULI as a region with stupendous, ageable Whites…

Italian Wine Geek

Bisci 2003

I posted this picture on my Instagramand Twitterfeeds last week and got a number of surprising responses. “Was it still good?” and “Does Verdicchio last that long?” and “Where did you find that? It’s so old!”

Yes!  Italian white wines can age!

I don’t know where or why the rumor that white wines (especially from Italy) should only be consumed when fresh and young was started, but it needs to be squashed- now.  Most of my epiphany-moments with Italian wines have been with older whites.  Benanti’s Pietramarina from Etna, Emidio Pepe’s Trebbiano,  Fiorano’s whites… the list is long, my friends.

For example, 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 Matelicawines is fleshed out by  the long, slow, micro-oxidation of the wine through its cork.  A…

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