Azienda Agricola Andrea Felici
Leopardo Felici, son of Andrea, has been at the helm of this small, quality driven estate in Le Marche since 2008. Located in the hilly, cooler climate area between Apiro and Cupramontana, (Apiro is the highest ‘Castello’ of the Castelli di Jesi) they have a unique microclimate and terroir which enables them to produce wines that combine the richness of structure of Jesi with the aromatics and elegance of Verdicchios from Matelica. They have wonderful natural acidity and great transparency, choosing stainless steel and concrete over wood. Indeed, the family have been praised for producing some of the most elegant and refined Verdicchios in the whole of Le Marche. Vineyards are 400-600 metres above sea level and are largely influenced by the Adriatic sea breezes. The Verdicchio Classico is a blend of old and younger vineyards, and is vinified and aged in stainless steel. It spends a few months on its fine lees before bottling. The complex and beguiling Riserva Il Cantica della Figura comes from the San Francesco Cru where the vines are on average 50 years old on a mix of limestone and clay soil. It is vinified and aged on fine lees in cement for 12 months before spending another 6 months in bottle before its release.