“Origini” is Fattoria Nannì’s flagship wine. Now in its fifth vintage, “Origini” has become a reference point for the Verdicchio grape in the Marche. Roberto Cantori is a rising star in the world of Italian wine, yet only a few outside the Marche know about his wines. Located near the town of Apiro, in the province of Macerata, he began producing wine in 2016, making small amounts of Verdicchio from vineyards around the winery. Roberto is a young winemaker, and although not from a winemaking family, he has incredible respect for the area and its special terroir.
When he began his journey to start his own cellar, he had been told of a vineyard farmed by a man whom all the locals thought was crazy. The man was farming his vineyards organically since the 1960s, had planted his vines both north and east facing, basically doing everything outside of the conventional wisdom. Roberto, wanting to farm organically and produce an elegant style of Verdicchio, sought out these vineyards. From these vineyards, Fattoria Nannì was created.
The vines of the local crazy farmer are the backbone of “Origini.” More than 50 years old, they are planted in calcareous soil, at an elevation of 450 meters. The grapes are hand harvested, and Roberto uses a very gentle pneumatic press to extract the juice. The fermentation is started in stainless steel with a pied de cuve of natural yeast.
The 2020 “Origini” shows notes of fresh lemon and stone fruit on the nose and palate, and the combination of fruit, mineral, herbs, acidity, and texture creates a complexity rarely found in Verdicchio. Try this bottle now, preferably with some simply prepared shellfish, but come back for more, as the wine will continue to age well for a decade.
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