Estate: Villa Raiano was founded in 1996 by Sabino and Simone Basso along with their brother-in-law, Paolo Sibillo. The estate is located along the banks of the Sabato River in the village of Raiano in Campania, southern Italy. The 20 hectares of organically farmed vineyards stretch across 3 prestigious DOCGs and are dedicated to indigenous grapes [Fiano, Greco and Aglianico].
Villa Raiano Greco di Tufo DOCG 2017
Winemaking: Grapes are from 3 different vineyards located in 3 different towns in Avellino: Montefusco, Tufo and Altavilla Irpina. Soils are calcareous-clay with fossils. Whole bunches are gently crushed to get the free-run juice. Aged on fine lees for 4 months in stainless steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: Crisp and light, with pear, citrus, melon and clean minerality accented by fresh acidity. Citrus zest lingers on the crisp finish.
$23 [Average Price]
Villa Raiano ‘Ventidue’ Fiano di Avellino DOCG 2016
Winemaking: 22 or ‘Ventidue’ is the “distance between our winery and the town of Lapio. Fiano grapes travel this distance after careful selection”, from a 1 hectare vineyard at 450 meters in elevation, with calcareous-clay soils rich in yellow sandstone and layers of tuff. Aged for 8 months on the lees in stainless steel vats, followed by 1 year in the bottle. This single vineyard bottle is their “tribute to the cornerstone of the history of Fiano di Avellino”.
Tasting Notes: Pear, apricot, plum, lemon and fresh herbs glide across an undercurrent of smoky minerality. Fresh acidity compliments a squeeze of lime on the refreshing, dry finish.
$35 [Average Price]
Villa Raiano Taurasi DOCG 2013
Winemaking: Grapes are from calcareous-clay over a base of yellow marns soil. Aged for 6 months in barrique, followed by 12 months in large tonneau, then 12 months in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Rich black cherry, blackberry, red currant, plum and raisin meld with cinnamon, nutmeg, white pepper, meat and smoky earth, framed by fresh acidity and muscular tannins. Dark fruit and savoury, smoky elements linger between each velvety sip.
$40 [Average Price]
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