Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lava Falanghina Beneventano IGT

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.


michelecolline said...

Love falanghine, wish I were still there so I could try it!

Anonymous said...

I'm drinking the 2010 at the moment.Got a case a couple of years ago and this is the fifth bottle I've tried. It's certainly improving and becoming more complex and harmonious since I first tasted it.It has a pronounced orange blossom citrus fruit aroma and flavour and is now a straw/gold colour but still very fresh with a keen ,natural tasting acidity . There are some ripe peachy elements too. All in all this is a good and somewhat unique wine that was new to me but ranks amongst the top whites I have had from Italy.I usually drink it with grilled fish which seems to work.I look forward to seeing how this will develop over the next few years as it seems to have potential as an aged wine.