Azienda Santa Barbara Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi 2016 (2nd Tasting)

Synopsis, Our Opinion: EXCELLENT Verdicchio that’s a SUPER value.

Producer/Winery: Stefano Antonucci; Azienda Santa Barbara; Barbara, Italy.

Grape Variety: Verdicchio

Geographic Appellation: Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi; Marche, Italy.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $10.80 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Salad of home grown baby greens, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and (purchased) red onion with honey mustard dressing and croutons.


    He said: Chilled before opening. Clear, light wheat straw color with a very slight visible effervesce. Faint citrus and ripe honeydew melon aromas. Smooth and dry with and invigorating crisp and chalky mouth-feel. Melon, lemon and pineapple flavors with a strong nutty backbone that became more citrusy as it finished. As it warmed up there was a trace of soft creaminess in the mouth-feel that gave it a unique richness. A delightful, fresh, dry and encouraging white wine and at only $10.80 it has huge potential. EXCELLENT Verdicchio that’s a SUPER value.

    Note: We also reviewed the 2015 vintage of this wine a little more than a year ago and liked it very much; but, we have reviewed it again because we think it improved enough that it was like a whole new and different wine and we moved it from the category of “Recommended” to a “Quality wine at a Bargain price”.

    She said: Light lemon yellow color. Small bubbles coated the glass surface as it was poured, although it did not taste effervescent; thin, short, evenly spaced legs that were rapidly moving. A salad dinner begs for a light bodied, citrusy, refreshing wine and this wine did not disappoint. It’s light melon aroma touched with citrus led to big flavors in the mouth complemented by a smooth almost creamy mouth feel. The finish was long and featured a citrus flavor and acidity that was especially complementary to the salad with its honey mustard dressing. This wine would also be go very well with grilled or poached white fish with lemon and butter or pasta with cream sauce. A wine with a versatile personality that’s a great value at only $10.80.

Stefano Antonucci's team who produce the Santa Barbara wines
Photo from Santa Barbara Vineyard and Winery.
Comments: Learn more about Stefano Antonucci and his wines.

Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Artificial cork.

UPC Code: 7 61503 823301 4

Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.