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A Couple from Campania!

Yes, a Falanghina from Campania. It is light gold in colour.

On the nose melon, apricot, pear, honey and apple.

On the palate sweet Ontario musk melon, apricot jam and a lingering minerality with a creeper of a long finish.

A simple but very satisfying wine hitting beyond its $14.95 price point.

A delightful sipper and a hit with poultry, rabbit and Swiss Chard and Cremini mushroom lasagna.

(Indomito Falanghina Del Beneventano IGT 2018, Cantine Francisco Minini, Verolanuova, Italy, $14.95, 750 mL, LCBO # 562454, 12%, Set The Bar Rating 90/100).

I have yet to encounter a ho hum Campanian white. Bear that in mind when you see them arriving in Vintages releases. I am going to say they have restored my faith for Italian white wine!

I think the powerhouse red wine from Campania is most likely a Taurasi or on occasion Aglianico.  “Aglianico” is a corruption of the Italian word for Hellenic, “Elllenico”. There are plenty of remnants of Greek habitation in Campania, Puglia and Sicily.

In colour dark ruby.

On the nose black cherry, black plum, blueberry, coffee and raspberry liqueur.

On the palate moderate tannins but still a very smooth and almost silky red. Solid beams of black cherry with secondary notes of blueberry. This is much lighter and sprightly than I had initially thought. An it is immediately accessible and welcoming. I would drink by the end of 2020.

6 months ageing in French oak and 8 months in the bottle. Crown in clay soils perhaps like making it like many Bordeaux reds. The label says a good match with steak, full bodied pasta dishes and with aged cheeses. Agreed! 30,000 bottles produced!  From Tony Soprano’s commune of Avellino!

Rated a 91 by Monica Larmer of Wine Spectator.

(Donnachiara Irpina Aglianico DOC/DOP 2015, Donnachiara, Montefalcone, Avellino, $24.95, 14%, LCBO # 262956, 750 mL, Set the Bar Rating 92/100).

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