While I've been living in northern Italy for the past few years, and in New York for decades before that, Campania will always be my home. You don't ever really leave the land where you spent your childhood--or, perhaps more accurately, the land where you were a child never really leaves you--and that was Campania for me. Because of this attachment, I have a special love for Campanian wines--the wild, powerful reds from Galardi or Silvia Imperato, the mineral-crusted gems of Raffaele Palma, and the jazz-influenced beauties of Bruno De Conciliis. These Campanian wines smell and taste like a goblet full of home.
Today, I'm very pleased to bring back a wine I love and an IWM client favorite, the De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2013, a gorgeous, textured white that's confusing to describe, but easy to enjoy. It's acidic and dripping with fruit, but it's also slightly salty; it's got this caramel mouth-feel in a body that's completely dry; it's a beautiful wine and something that could only come from Campania, the place I'll always call home. This wine is also less than $25, so you can pour this golden bottle of Italian sunshine anytime the mood hits you.
Along with this great Campanian white, I'm very proud to offer two new releases and one vintage wine from Toscana. Querciabella's Sebastiano Castiglioni is devoted to keeping the earth pure, and his biodynamic, vegan wines explode with life. I've snagged a pair of new releases, the 2013 bottling of Batàr, the estate's powerhouse white, and the 2011 Camartina, the estate's complex, delicious red. You want both in your cellar and on your table. Finally, I managed to get some more vintage Brunello from Gianfranco Soldera. This 1993 will blow you away!