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Six Stupendous De Conciliis Wines to Drink in 2020!
December 30, 2019
A Note from Sergio

"Wine is bottled poetry," said nineteenth-century British author Robert Louis Stevenson, but I think that wine is also bottled music. Like music, wine brings people together. Like music, wine reflects its time, yet like the best music, the best wine feels ageless. And like music, wine makes you dance, makes you sing, makes you feel, and may even make you fall in love. Certain Italian winemakers let their love of music be as foundational to their winemaking protocol as their botti. There's Le Marche's Terrazze, for example, whose Antonio Terni takes inspiration from Bob Dylan songs, making the wines "Visions of J" and "Planet Waves." And then there's Campania's Bruno De Conciliis, who takes it a step further.

Though Bruno named his estate's flagship wine Naima, which comes from a John Coltrane song, his love of music reaches further than just a wine name. Bruno also plays music to his wines as they age. Step down the stairs into his cantina, and the sinuous wail of a trumpet echoes off the walls, drums beat under your footsteps, and the darkness is made lighter yet more mysterious by the sound of Bruno's favorite music: Jazz. If you consider how much wine, a living thing, responds to vibrations, you can't dismiss the effect of the music on the maturing wines. They've got to feel it, and they've got to respond to the wild, strange, beautiful strains.

Two days from now, we ring in the New Year, 2020, and today, I'm proud to bring you a half-dozen De Conciliis wines to drink now and throughout all of 2020. You'll find De Conciliis' mysteriously beautiful Naima, but you'll also find two vintages of the estate's more accessible and affordable Donnaluna Aglianico--along with three whites made from indigenous Campanian grapes, Fiano, Falanghina and Greco. You can't go wrong with any of these six De Conciliis wines, but I suggest that you put all six in your cellar. Open a bottle for a friend, play your favorite music, and see what magic awaits.

Enjoy!

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De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2018 750ml
De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2018 750ml
Price: $21.99

Crushed river rocks, honeyed citrus, and white wildflower petals frame the crisp orchard and lush tropical fruits of this ’18 Fiano. Chalky minerality counterbalances the wine’s creamy mouthfeel, while a sweet inner perfume complements the dry, harmonious palate. Heftier and more complex than Pinot Grigio, wilder than Chardonnay, De Conciliis’ organic Fiano ferments and ages in stainless steel to better articulate its unique Campanian terroir; it’s one of our favorite value Italian white wines. more info
De Conciliis Donnaluna Aglianico 2017 750ml
De Conciliis Donnaluna Aglianico 2017 750ml
Price: $24.99

Big, bold, and mineral-laden, the ’17 Donnaluna Aglianico explodes from the glass in a shower of sun-warmed berries and plums, new leather, olive tapenade, smoky minerals, and pressed potpourri. Chewy tannins cling to the cheeks; keen acidity piques the palate; a sweet inner perfume teases the nose; and savory minerals linger on the wine’s sustained finish. De Conciliis crafts its Aglianico Donnaluna to be approachable early--it’s expressive, food-friendly and a complete delight. A mono-varietal Aglianico as of the 2015 vintage, Donnaluna Aglianico ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel and ages for a year, half in stainless steel and half in used oak. more info
De Conciliis Greco di Tufo 'Oro' 2017 750ml
De Conciliis Greco di Tufo 'Oro' 2017 750ml
Price: $24.99

From the high altitudes of Campania’s Cilento zones comes this riveting Greco di Tufo, a grape that loves the high life and the volcanic soils of the region. This delicious, food-friendly ’17 Greco di Tufo has a fruity and herbaceous perfume that invites comparison to Viognier, and the wine layers its bright citrus, ripe peaches and pears with pine nuts, cypress, and almond. A sweet inner perfume finds its complement in penetrating minerality and mouth-watering acidity, making it the perfect accompaniment for a summer seafood salad or pizza margherita. Deriving from volcanic, chalky soils, Greco grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for seven months in steel before resting in bottle for three months prior to release. more info
De Conciliis Falanghina 2018 750ml
De Conciliis Falanghina 2018 750ml
Price: $25.99

Exotic flower petals, lime zest, spice, honeyed citrus, and warm stones frame the luscious tropical and crisp orchard fruits in this lively ’18 Falanghina. Fresh yet full-bodied, fruit-laden yet minerally, this white has a lot of personality, which it gets from an extended aging process on the fine lees. A persistent minerality and fine acidity fill out the lingering, clean finish. Deriving from organically tended Falanghina vines grown in calcareous clay soils, grapes ferment for 20 days in stainless steel, and the wine ages in steel for six months, before resting in bottle for three months prior to release. more info
De Conciliis Naima 2010 750ml
De Conciliis Naima 2010 750ml
Price: $54.99

Rose petals, crushed flint, dark spices, smoked meats and citrus zest frame the sun-drenched red and blue fruits in the mesmerizing ’10 Naima. This big red uncoils on the palate to reveal tremendous texture, chewy tannins, savory minerals and vivid acidity; a lingering, resonant finish completes this wonderful wine’s drinking experience. A wine for Aglianico lovers, Naima is an unabashed bottling of the beloved grape and the estate’s unique Cilento terroir; grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages in a combination of barrels for three years, followed by a year in stainless steel before bottling. Fewer than 670 cases produced in 2010, with just a handful cases arriving in the US. more info