Campania may be in southern Italy, but its best vineyards are at high altitudes, since the Apennines run right through it. The wine reviewed here is from the province of Benevento (IGT Beneventano); which is also home to some DOC-level areas, including Taburno and Solopaca. Just saying that it should not come as a surprise to find world-class white wines here. (No disrespect to Mastroberardino, which was an outpost of quality for decades when wine from Campania was mostly mediocre.) Anyway:
Lava Beneventano Falanghina 2009: This opens with startlingly big notes of peach, pear skin, melon, and flowers. There was also some kind of red berry note going on. On the palate, yellow fruit and a rich texture, partly the result of the wine being unfiltered, and possibly the result of lees-stirring. The wine was made by young winemaker Marco Flacco under the Lava name by Terre del Vulcano da Vesevo, which is owned by Valentino Sciotti and Camillo De Iuliis, who in turn own Farnese, which is one honking big operation based in the Abruzzo. Flacco also spends part of his time there, where he presumably absorbs wisdom from head winemaker Filippo Baccalaro and consultant Mario Ercolino.