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The Wines of Campania

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. more info
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
Vestini Campagnano Pallagrello Bianco 2017 750ml
Vestini Campagnano Pallagrello Bianco 2017 750ml
Price: $27.99

2017 saw a lowered grape yield across Italy, and the smaller harvest makes for a denser, more intense, and more mineral-laden Pallagrello Bianco bottling. Zesty lemon spritz, rain-spattered white wildflowers, touches of spice and herbs, and a kiss of minerals frame the juicy stone and orchard fruits in this lively, round white from Campania. A true wine from off the beaten path, this tender white will please wine-lovers who love their whites to be wild with elegance. 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. Just 840 cases made. 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
Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva 2012 750ml
Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva 2012 750ml
Price: $59.99

Elegant yet wild, bursting with sweet fruits yet rich in savory notes, wonderfully tannic yet beautifully plush, the ’12 Taurasi Radici Riserva is an elegant, enveloping evocation of Mastroberardino’s most famous big red. Succulent cherries, brambly berries, and super-ripe plums dance against a backdrop of olive tapenade, cigar wrapper, balsamic herbs, tarry earth, and licorice in this full-bodied red. Youthful tight tannins will soften with time, melding seamlessly with the wine’s copious dry extract and thrumming acidity--this wine is gorgeous! Deriving from vines averaging 30 years of age grown in the mineral-laden, volcanic soiled Montemarano vineyard, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about ten days; the wine ages in a combination of barrique (20% new) and cask for 30 months, followed by 42 months in bottle before release. Cellar for a year or two and then enjoy for decades! more info