Heady scents of white spring flower, yellow stone fruit and whiffs of honey shape the nose. Reflecting the aromas, the elegant, full-bodied palate offers juicy Bartlett pear, yellow apple, acacia honey and a hint of white almond. Fresh acidity lifts the rich flavors.
92 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2019)
The Garofoli 2016 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Podium sees fruit from an important single vineyard that has been fermented separately since this wine was first made in 1991. With those years of experience under their belts, the winemaking team has successfully harnessed the primary freshness and purity of the Verdicchio grape. This is especially evident in a classic vintage such as 2016. Aromas of citrus, pear, saffron and crushed aniseed rise delicately from the bouquet. Some 45,000 bottles were made.
91+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Apr 2020)
A lovely, creamy wine, offering a well-spiced range of honeycomb, ripe apricot, lemon curd and pastry cream flavors. Light- to medium-bodied, with sleek acidity creating a mouthwatering impression on the herb- and smoke-laced finish. Drink now through 2028. 3,750 cases made, 400 cases imported.
91 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Jun 2019)
The Garofoli family harvests this verdicchio from ten parcels that range in elevation from 1,000 to 1,800 feet. They vinify each separately, aging the wine on the lees for a year in large underground concrete tanks. In the cool 2016 vintage, the wine is creamy and delicate, with scents of lime blossoms and sea breezes. Lively saline notes underline the crisp apple and pear flavors, as well as the wine’s pleasant almond bitterness.
91 points, Wine & Spirits (Aug 2019)