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Wines of CampaniaWhile Aglianico headlines the red varieties, Piedirosso, with which it is frequently blended, is acquiring greater recognition; many producers, in fact, craft single-varietal bottlings of the grape. Casavecchia and Pallagrello are two of the other recovered varietals, focused on exclusively by Vestini Campagnano. In general, the reds tend to be quite powerful in expression, while the whites, in contrast, are far less demonstrative, yet display an enervating acidity. While many, like Greco di Tufa and Falanghina, are mild in flavor some, particularly Fiano, project rather stirring aromatics. All are generally marked by restraint—lending them a particular affinity with food.
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Vestini Campagnano Kajanero 2017 750ml
Vestini Campagnano Kajanero 2017 750ml
Price: $18.99

Intended for early drinking, Vestini Campagnano’s ‘17 Kajanero is a juicy, delicious go-to red that packs a punch for its weight-class. Succulent red and blue fruits leap from the glass, surrounded by baking spices, licorice, melted chocolate, and a dusting of juniper. Vivacious and charming, this wine matches its chewy tannins with rollicking acidity to create a vibrant, fun drinking experience. A blend of 40% Pallagrello Nero, 10% Pizzutella, 30% Casavecchia, and 20% Aglianico, grapes macerate for four days, and the wine ages for three months in barrique before bottling.
San Salvatore Calpazio Greco 2016 750ml
San Salvatore Calpazio Greco 2016 750ml
Price: $19.99

This is one fascinating white wine! Sea-swept saline minerals, honeyed citrus, juicy stone fruits, pressed white flower petals and herbaceous underbrush burst from the glass of this ripe yet zesty ’16 Calpazio Greco. A thrumming mineral bass line anchors this full-bodied wine’s sultry fruits, while its zippy acidity whisks it to a lingering, food-friendly finish accented by roasted nuts and sea salt--it’s delicious. Deriving from the estate’s calcareous-clay, south-southwest-facing vineyard named after nearby Mount Calpazio, the Greco grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for about eight months in stainless steel.
De Conciliis Selim Spumante Brut NV
De Conciliis Selim Spumante Brut NV
Price: $21.45
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Elegant, fresh, and mineral-laden, the De Conciliis NV Selim Spumante Brut is a rare Campanian sparkler. Bursting with tropical and orchard fruits, the Selim dances across the palate with saline minerality and citrus zest; it’s elegant and lively, an ideal wine for aperitivi. A blend of 55% Aglianico, 35% Fiano and 10% Barbera grown in mineral-rich clay soils, this wine ferments in stainless steel to preserve its terroir, getting its second fermentation in the bottle; after some months, the yeast is disgorged and a small dosage is added. Intense, unusual and beautifully balanced, Selim is a fitting tribute to its namesake, Miles Davis.
Mastroberardino Irpinia Rosato Lacrimarosa 2016 750ml
Mastroberardino Irpinia Rosato Lacrimarosa 2016 750ml
Price: $22.99
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“Lacrimarosa” means “pink tear,” a nod to the pale blush color of this remarkably fragrant and delicious wine. Crushed berries and juicy stone fruits dance with peonies, fresh-cut herbs and river rocks in this dry, welcoming ’16 rosato. Nicely textured and altogether delicious, this $23 wine is a lively introduction to the legendary Mastroberardino estate. This mono-varietal Aglianico rosato derives from the Irpinia region in Campania; Mastroberardino’s southwestern-facing plot is composed of stony, clay and limestone soil. Soft pressing gives the wine its pale pink color; grapes ferment and age in stainless steel to maintain a strong sense of terroir.
San Salvatore Trentenare Fiano 2017 750ml
San Salvatore Trentenare Fiano 2017 750ml
Price: $22.99

Focused, intense and energetic, San Salvatore’s ’17 Trentenare Fiano layers its crisp orchard fruits with sunny citrus, pressed herbs, white wildflowers, gingery spices, and honeyed lemon zest. This wine manages to marry its laser-precise notes with tremendous depth, creating a drinking experience that is both rich and fresh, flower-strewn and savory, and muscular yet broad-shouldered. Deriving from the estate’s calcareous-clay, south-facing vineyard in the center of Cilento National Park, the Fiano grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages on the lees for about six months in stainless steel.
San Salvatore Falanghina del Beneventano 2017 750ml
San Salvatore Falanghina del Beneventano 2017 750ml
Price: $22.99

An intoxicating nose of crisp orchard fruits, super-ripe tropical fruits, and juicy stone fruits that layer on acacia blossoms, blood orange zest, fresh-cut herbs, and baking spices bursts from the glass of this ’17 Falanghina. The lively palate echoes the sappy fruits and adds a sheen of crushed minerals and a dusting of spices on the wine’s extended, harmonious finish. Deriving from a south-southwest-facing parcel of vines about 15 years of age, Falanghina grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages on the lees for about eight months in stainless steel.
De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2014 750ml
De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2014 750ml
Price: $24.99
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Complex, zesty and mineral-laden, this ’14 Fiano layers its orchard fruits with crushed rocks, acacia honey, and herbs. Weighty yet fresh, this wine whooshes across the palate with mineral-driven energy, building to a saline finish that complements the wine’s sweet inner perfume of honeyed fruit. 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.
De Conciliis Aglianico Donnaluna 2015 750ml
De Conciliis Aglianico Donnaluna 2015 750ml
Price: $24.99
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Peppery spices, crushed wildflowers, licorice, loam and wet river rocks frame the juicy cherries and brambly berries in the muscular and open-knit ’15 Aglicanico Donnaluna. This silky wine coats the palate with copious dry extract and ample chewy tannins, but its fresh acidity and sturdy mineral underpinnings keep it nimble and exciting. 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.
De Conciliis Aglianico Donnaluna 2016 750ml
De Conciliis Aglianico Donnaluna 2016 750ml
Price: $24.99

Succulent black fruits, licorice, sun-drenched earth, baking spices, soy sauce, and a kiss of roasted game burst from the glass of this seductive, compelling ’16 Aglianico. For all this wine’s opulence, it’s remarkably precise, unfolding each delectable layer with tantalizing care, matching its juicy fruits with savory minerals, pairing its chewy tannins with electric acidity, and creating a seamless whole out of its many elements--you can enjoy this Aglianico now, but it has the stuffing to age for years and years. 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.
Vestini Campagnano Pallagrello Bianco 2016 750ml
Vestini Campagnano Pallagrello Bianco 2016 750ml
Price: $27.99
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Pretty and elegant, the ’16 Pallagrello Bianco wafts with sweet stone fruits, fresh lemon zest, white flower blossoms, piquant nuts, and a kiss of spices. This luminous white wine dwells in its opposites, complementing its delicate mouth-feel with vibrant acidity, layering its sweet fruits with savory bass notes, and building to a fresh, clean and delectable finish. This mono-varietal Pallagrello Bianco comes from organically tended parcels of clayey vineyards; grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for six months in barrique, followed by six months in bottle before release.