Gran Passione Falanghina Beneventano IGT 2015

Brand: Gran Passione is a label of the Botter family, who since 1928 have been producing wines under environmentally friendly practices. Today the company is managed by the family’s third generation, with a “multi-territorial approach that spans the whole of Italy”, focusing on native vines and organic viticulture. Gran Passione sets out to express the passion, devotion and tradition of vine growers.

Winemaking: Grapes came from vineyards with clay and limestone soils, on southwest facing slopes in Campania, southern Italy.

Tasting Notes: Bright gold in colour, very aromatic with lemon, orange blossom, herbs and a nutty hint. Vibrant green apple, citrus and streak of saline minerality are framed by lively acidity. Tropical pineapple highlights the fruity finish. Lovely on its own, and a refreshing companion at the table. [Additionally, a textbook like expression of the ancient, distinctive Falanghina grape. A fantastic choice to understand the varietal.]

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Light, herb-based dishes, pasta and chicken, soft cheese, and traditional Napoli fish and seafood dishes.

100% Falanghina
Beneventano IGT
Produced by Casa Vinicola Botter & C.S.P.A.
12.5% Alcohol
$13 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2018

Rated 87 points by Wine Enthusiast



Sample submitted for review purpose.

Taburno Falanghina Del Sannio DOP 2014


Estate: Founded in 1901, Cantina Del Taburno is a consortium of grape growers located on the slopes of Mount Taburno, in the province of Benevento in Campania, southern Italy. Since 1999 winemaking has been under the direction of Professor Luigi Moio of the University of Naples. With 300 viticulturist members along with 600 hectares of vineyards, the cantina is the leading producer in the zone, and known for their excellent and affordable Aglianico wines.

Winemaking: In addition to encouraging the advancement of indigenous grape varietals, the winery practices organic farming, using only organic fertilizers, copper and sulphur based products when absolutely necessary, and very low amounts of sulphur in the production of their wines. Grapes are sourced from vineyards with clay-calcareous marl soil.

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of pear, orange blossom and candied ginger. Tart and refreshing with lemon, green gooseberry and pear flavours framing sea minerals and citrus zest on the dry finish. A fantastic companion to a wide variety of dishes, especially salty or lightly fried foods.

100% Falanghina
Falanghina Del Sannio DOP [Denominazione di Origine Protetta]
Estate Bottled by Cantina del Taburno
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now

Terredora Di Paolo Falanghina Irpinia 2012

Falanghina is one of the oldest cultivated grape varieties in Italy. It thrives in the Irpinian Hills of Campania in southern Italy and produces vibrant, easy drinking wines with distinctive apple, orange peel and vanilla characteristics that compliment a wide variety of dishes. Lucio Mastroberardino founded Terradora di Paolo in 1994 when he and his brother split the holdings of the family estate. Terradora di Paolo consists of 200 hectares of vineyards, making it one of the largest wineries not just in Campania, but all of southern Italy. Lucio’s focus has always been on rediscovering and restoring the ancient and indigenous varietals of Campania, such as Aglianico, Fiano, Greco and Falanghina.

Deep straw yellow in colour, with aromas of citrus and wet river stones. Apple, pineapple and lemon zest flavours abounded in the medium body whilst rich honey notes melted into a bitter almond finish. Well structured with a welcomed bright acidity, this is a fantastic glass that can be paired with a wide variety of pasta and seafood dishes, or enjoyed on its own.

100% Falanghina
Estate Bottled by Terredora Di Paolo, Montefusco
14% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2014

Forgotten Grapes at Otto Enoteca

Last Saturday I attended the “Forgotten Grapes” Wine tasting at Otto Enoteca in NYC. It was a fantastic tasting and class led by Sommelier Dan Pucci that focused on a handful of wonderful yet rare, obscure Italian grapes. One of the featured grapes was Schiava [or Vernatsch] which is one of my favourite grapes, another was Pigato, a grape I had never tried and now have fallen in love with and will scour the shops for more. Following are the truly amazing bottles we had, for the Schiava, Gumphof Südtiroller Vernatsch click here.

Alberto Tedeschi Col Fondo 2010
Emilia Romagna
Col Fondo is a made in the traditional manner, bottle-fermented, lees-aged Prosecco. The wine is natural, unfiltered, with only natural yeasts used and no sulphur added.
Cloudy, opaque pale yellow [it spends a lot of time with the yeasts] with a fizzy apple cider-like flavour and a funky, earthy, bitter finish. [What I would imagine if Prosecco and Hefeweizen had a kid.]

Poderi Foglia Falanghina 2010 $20
Produced from old vines with sunny aromas of lemon and hay, flavours of lemon zest and apple blossom run atop a bright acidity, all supported by a smoky, basalt mineral base.

Poggio dei Gorleri ‘Cycnus’ 2011 $22
Pigato is distinct to Liguria and is thought to be the cousin of Vermentino. The steep hillside vineyards are located just to the east of Provence on French-Italian border.
Almost creamy honey and sea salt minerals cushioned angular flavours of green papaya and mango, whilst clean vegetal notes and honeysuckle comprised the crisp finish. Fantastically easy drinking, a wonderful companion for shellfish and light summer dishes.


San Francesco Ronco dei Quattroventi Ciro’ Rosso 2005 $23
[Gaglioppo] Calabria
Brick garnet in colour with dates and baked black cherry flavours merging into a spicy finish of black pepper, licorice, and tobacco. With a light body, this is an excellent red for summer.

Podere il Palazzino Grosso Sanese Chianti Classico 1998 $37
Was intended for immediate enjoyment, yet it still displays a sound acidic backbone and has aged wonderfully. A well balanced undercurrent of barnyard and forest supported dense raisin and baked plum flavours, whilst warm leather and traces of smoky oak comprised the plush finish.

Caffo Del Capo Amaro $23
Crafted from an ancient Caffo family recipe using traditional methods, Vecchio Amaro del Capo is produced with 29 different Calabrian aromatic herbs and roots, such as juniper, chamomile and bitter orange, many known for their tonic and digestive properties.
Hearty, earthy notes of autumn woods, fresh herbs and baking spices, with sweet honey, cinnamon bark and bitter orange lingering invigoratingly between each velvety sip.