Campania, Italy, WINE

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If Tuscany is Italy's unanimous champion of red wines, then Campania certainly bears that title for white wines. South of Liguria, along the west coast and centered around Naples, this is quite possibly Italy's oldest wine region with roots dating to the 12th Century B.C.

The region's most respected white wines are made from a few of the many, many indigenous varietals that grow in the finest DOCGs encompassed by the greater Irpinia DOC. The Fiano di Avellino DOCG is perhaps the best-known, thanks to its characteristic pure, fruit-driven wines from the ancient Fiano grape. The mineral-rich volcanic soils here serve to temper that lush opulence with a smoky, spicy tinge and lively acidity. Rivalling Fiano di Avellino in terms of prestige is the Greco di Tufo DOCG. The best vines grow at higher altitudes than those in Avellino, in even more volcanic, minerally soils. Cooler temperatures and bright, sunny days allow for characteristic acidity and moderate ripeness, and the wines surely display more of their mineral foundations than those of Avellino. Falanghina is a slightly secondary, but equally important, white grape that finds wonderful expression in the stunningly picturesque Costa d'Amalfi DOC, and forms the backbone of many Campania IGT white blends.

Given the prominence of white wines here, one might be surprised to find that Campania's most distinguished wines are arguably the full-bore, densely flavored, immensely structured reds made from the Aglianico grape. The Taurasi DOCG is indisputably the finest expression of this quintessentially Italian varietal, with wines that simultaneously display flavors of dark, rich red and black fruits as well as elemental nuances of smoke, leather, and game. Much like the wines of Barolo, Taurasi wines are famously long-lived and require a great deal of patience to show their fullest potential.

With such a broad range of grape varietals, micro-climates, and soil types, its no wonder that Campania offers perhaps the most diverse spectrum of wine styles in Italy, made all the more attractive by the nearly universal affordability of even its most revered wines.

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91 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2007 Falerno del Massico Rosso Ariapetrina is a dark, powerful wine just starting to show its considerable pedigree. It possesses gorgeous intensity, beautifully articulated dark fruit and a long, impeccable finish. Some rough edges remain, but further… ...
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Masseria Felicia Falerno del Massico Ariapetrina 2007  (#330615)

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91 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2007 Falerno del Massico Rosso Ariapetrina is a dark, powerful wine just starting to show its considerable pedigree. It possesses gorgeous intensity, beautifully articulated dark fruit and a long,…

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Importer notes: Campania is now my favorite white wine region of Italy, and Picariello is one of the reasons. When young, The Irpinia Fiano is a second selection and shows essentially the same characteristics as the DOCG but with less dramatic mineral and stony notes, perfect for current drinking. ...
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Picariello Fiano DOC Irpinia 2017  (#332758)

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Importer notes: Campania is now my favorite white wine region of Italy, and Picariello is one of the reasons. When young, The Irpinia Fiano is a second selection and shows essentially the same characteristics as the DOCG but with less dramatic…

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Two Glasses, Gambero Rosso (2017) - 100% Aglianico from 20 year-old vines. Deep ruby-red in the glass. This beautifully crafted Taurasi shows notes of red jam, ripe black cherry, leather and delicate smoky notes. On the pallet it offers rich and dense, dark fruit with subtle spice and well… ...
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Tenuta Scuotto Taurasi 2012  (#330826)

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Two Glasses, Gambero Rosso (2017) - 100% Aglianico from 20 year-old vines. Deep ruby-red in the glass. This beautifully crafted Taurasi shows notes of red jam, ripe black cherry, leather and delicate smoky notes. On the pallet it offers rich and…

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92 points Wine Enthusiast: Ripe orchard fruit, acacia, Spanish broom and citrus aromas lead the nose of this wine. On the enveloping, structured palate, a honeyed mineral note adds depth to mature pear, lemon drop and hazelnut flavors. Fresh acidity lends balance. It's an amazing achievement for the… ...
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Contrade di Taurasi IGP Campania Bianco Grecomusc' 2014  (#332866)

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92 points Wine Enthusiast: Ripe orchard fruit, acacia, Spanish broom and citrus aromas lead the nose of this wine. On the enveloping, structured palate, a honeyed mineral note adds depth to mature pear, lemon drop and hazelnut flavors. Fresh acidity…

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60% Falanghina, 40% Biancolella. Pale straw yellow. Delicate, fruity nose, unmistakable perfumes of the Mediterranean coast. Broad and balanced with light acidity that supports the freshness of the aromas. Alcohol 13.5%. Two Glasses, Gambero Rosso. ...
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Marisa Cuomo Costa d'Amalfi Furore Bianco 2016  (#331704)

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60% Falanghina, 40% Biancolella. Pale straw yellow. Delicate, fruity nose, unmistakable perfumes of the Mediterranean coast. Broad and balanced with light acidity that supports the freshness of the aromas. Alcohol 13.5%. Two Glasses, Gambero Rosso.

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95 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Underbrush, charred earth, spiced plum, tobacco and star anise are just some of the aromas you'll find on this delicious red. It's enveloping yet structured, delivering dried black cherry, licorice and cocoa set against a backbone of velvety tannins… ...
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Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva 2012  (#334059)

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95 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Underbrush, charred earth, spiced plum, tobacco and star anise are just some of the aromas you'll find on this delicious red. It's enveloping yet structured, delivering dried black cherry, licorice…

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98 points James Suckling: Stunningly fresh nose of blackcurrants, blackberries and elderberries with myriad spice and herbal nuances. Breathtakingly fine tannins and great freshness packed into a sleek frame, the wine gliding over the palate gracefully as it heads out towards eternity. Delicious now… ...
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Montevetrano Colli di Salerno Rosso 2016  (#334056)

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98 points James Suckling: Stunningly fresh nose of blackcurrants, blackberries and elderberries with myriad spice and herbal nuances. Breathtakingly fine tannins and great freshness packed into a sleek frame, the wine gliding over the palate…

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