Castelli di Jesi, Le Marche
The winery, Andrea Felici is in the Marche region, between Apiro and Cupramontana, the heart of the land of Verdicchio. Nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains, its sometimes narrow, sometimes softly sloped valleys are always swept by a gentle breeze, and rise to considerable altitudes characterized by wide temperature ranges. Located on a hill at the feet of Mount San Vicino (m 1479), at an altitude of 516 m above sea level, Andrea Felici has a wonderful landscape: a green valley with tilted slopes, covered with beautiful woods and vines, marked by the high peaks of Gran Sasso and Maiella that stand out towards the horizon in the south, and towards the top of Mount Catria in the north. The climate is dry, with average annual temperatures around 13 degrees Celsius, a constant breeze throughout the year, and a wide temperature range in the summer and autumn.
Practicing organic viticulture, no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used. Grapes are harvested by hand, the clusters are gently placed in small boxes and the grapes are pressed within a few hours after they have been removed from the vine. Temperature controlled fermentation is achieved without oxygen. Certification-in conversion.
The wine matures and mellow in cement and stainless steel vats for a period much longer than the minimum prescribed by regulations.
The winery produces only two types of wine, namely a Cru and Cuvee. The “Cantico della figura,” the Cru, which is made exclusively from grapes grown in San Francesco’s vineyard, the best older vines on the property. The Cuvee, conversely, called “Andrea Felici” is made from a blend of grapes harvested in various other vineyards on the farm. The wines are marked by incredible purity of fruit and pronounced minerality with agability.
The aim is to make high-quality wines immediately and pleasurable approachable but also characterized by long life, typicality and distinctiveness. The goal is to induce the consumer to exercise keen sensorial perceptivity and profound reflexion, thereby not only gratifying his palate, but evoking a deeper emotional experience.The end result is a wine ready for immediate and pleasurable consumption, which is no less exquisite if opened even years later, when its flavor and mellowness will have reached its culmination.
VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SUPERIORE: 100% Verdicchio
Soil: medium textured, mainly calcareous, with a high stone contents
Vineyard altitude: 400 m Vineyard age: 25 years Exposure: south-east
Training system: guyot / Yield per hectare: 9 tons / Vinification: oxygen-free cold maceration in steel containers at 5-8°C / Maturation: stainless steel
Yeast contact: / Bottle ageing: / Total Acidity: / Non-reducing dry extract: / pH: / Lifespan: / Cases produced: 16,666. Oenologist: Aroldo Belelli.
VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO Verdicchio 100%
IL CANTICO DELLA FIGURA RISERVA Soil: medium textured, mainly calcareous, with a high stone contents / Vineyard altitude: 400 m / Vineyard age: over 40 years / Exposure: east / Training system: double guyot / Yield per hectare: 8 tons / Vinification: in stainless steel, cryomaceration at 5° to 8° degrees cent. in absence of oxygen / Maturation: in vitrified concrete containers / Yeast contact: 12 months / Bottle ageing: 6 months / Total Acidity: 6,5 / Non-reducing dry extract: 25 / pH: 3,3 / Lifespan: 15 years / Oenologist: Aroldo Belelli