Wines of Campania Tasting at Otto Enoteca

Last Saturday my husband and I had the absolute pleasure of attending a Campania wine tasting at Otto Enoteca in NYC. The tasting featured 5 wines from small estates that are imported into the US in limited quantity and locations [and some tasty cheese pairings]. My favourites of the afternoon were Guido Marsella Fiano Di Avellino 2010 an incredible smoky, peaty red wine disguised as a white, and the earthy, bright super easy drinking I Cacciagali ‘Basco’ Piedirosso Roccamonfina 2011. [Prices listed are the online average]

Giardini Arimei Pietra Box Ischia Bianco 2011 $22
A fantastic expression of the volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea the vineyard is located on, herbaceous and buttery aromas, with tropical fruits, grass, smoky honey notes and a mouth puckering finish. Great summer sipping!
[‘Pietra Brox’ is the name of the formation of the ‘tufo’, or volcanic rock in the vineyard]

Guido Marsella Fiano Di Avellino 2010 $24
Uncommon and robust, with green olive, white flowers and honey aromas. More like a red wine than a white, clever, well structured layers of peat smoke and gamey volcanic earth joined peach and apricot flavours in the medium to full body, whilst clean, briny minerals comprised the refreshing finish.
Rated 92 points by the Wine Advocate

I Cacciagali ‘Basco’ Piedirosso Roccamonfina 2011 $15
Another exciting, character driven wine with some barnyard funk and cherry jam aromas. Delightfully rustic and easy drinking, aged in clay amphorae, bright cherry and earth flavours rounded out the medium body whilst crushed black peppercorn and warm clove comprised the plush finish. Fantastic with just about any dish or on its own.

Salvatore Molettieri Cinque Querce Irpinia Aglianico 2008
A fantastic expression of Aglianico, with raisin and cigar box aromas complimenting dense black cherry and earthy pine notes along with a bright acidity, smooth tannins and a gorgeous smoky cedar finish. An elegant and passionate glass that keeps you reaching for more.
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate

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Luigi Maffini Fiano Passito 2009 $30
Deep gold in colour with aromas of toasted almond and honey. Baked pineapple, creamy roasted nuts and traces of earthy tar were complimented by rich honey and a refreshing acidity. A fantastic companion to just about any dessert, also satisfying as a desert all on its own!

De Lucia Fiano 2010

 
I am always up for an adventure, especially when it comes to experiencing unique, character-driven varietals. In Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy Joseph Bastianich describes the white grape Fiano of Campania as “pesto in a bottle”, so I knew I had to seek it out. The De Lucia family has been growing grapes in southern Italy for many generations, Carlo De Lucia inherited the estate from his father, and now his sons assist him with running it. Carlo transformed the 35 acre estate from just providing grapes to cooperative wineries and large bottlers to producing their own estate wines.

Deep gold in colour, the aroma of basil pesto and traces of petrol rose from the glass. Captivating flavours of fresh basil and pine nuts joined sweet pineapple and honeysuckle notes in the light to medium body. Minerals, pine nuts, and hints of hazelnut comprised the buttery finish. Herbaceous with an engaging undercurrent of fruit and nuts, this is a rustic, charming glass well worth seeking out and enjoying with a fresh summer pesto.

100% Fiano
Sannio
Italy
Estate Bottled by Società Agricola Carlo De Lucia Sas Guardia Sanframondi
13.5% Alcohol
$13
Enjoy now thru 2014