Lucio Canestrari & his wife founded Fattoria Coroncino in 1981 and have been pioneering quality Verdicchio ever since. Their three vineyards comprising 9.5 ha of their total 17.5ha all lie within 3km of the winery, producing 50,000 bottles per year from their own grapes. All wines are Classico Superiore, from the heart of the traditional zone and the lowest yields. They farm organically, grassing the vineyards since 1983, integrating insects and vine health since 1992 and no fertilizers since 1995. “We are proud to say that we are not part of any winecentric association; we don’t believe in any dogmas and we pride ourselves in our use of common sense, in harmony with nature”. They are one of the saviours of Verdicchio, rescuing this region’s wines from a downward spiral of overproduction and a lack of attention that saw its qualities squandered. The Marche DOC of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is centred on the town of Jesi, Province of Ancona and takes its name from the ancient fortifications of medieval times. Brushed with cooling breezes up and down the river valleys, onshore to begin with and offshore later in the day, this is ideal white wine territory.
Fattoria Coroncino Gaiospino Fume 2016
Gaiospino Fume is unashamedly big, bold and technicolour. Tightly knit toasty oak tonalities blend with the ripe structure to lift the melon and mango skin fruit notes and propel the sun-kissed herb aromatics to the next level of concentration. Rounded and long with a dry finish and an almost bakewell-esque take on the Verdicchio. This is consistently recognised as one of the most profund and ambitious wines from the Castelli dei Jesi Classico Superiore category.
Gaiospino Fume comes from a selection of the healthiest fully-ripe grapes from the estate’s amazing Spescia vineyard. Steeply-terraced, facing southwest and with the vines planted transversely across the hill on calcerous marl soil, this is a stunning location producing quality wine. The fruit is fermented in 500l oak and the wine remains on its lees in barrel for around 2 years.