Saturday, March 14, 2009

2006 Terre del Vulcano "Lava" Beneventano Aglianico Campania Italy

2006 Terre Del Vulcano "Lava" Beneventano Aglianico Campania Italy
Suggested retail price $13-$16
Imported by WorldWide Cellars Imports and Distributed by Wine Project in NYC

This wine comes from Campania, a fertile little enclave in the south-western part of Italy, rich of more than 2500 years of vine growing traditions. Known for two very famous town, Naples and Pompeii, the region of Campania is also known for its culture, agriculture due to its very fertile volcanic soils, fish based gastronomy, history and breathtaking sights like Monte Vesuvio and the féerique island of Capri.

The winery "Terra del Vulcano" is nestled in Celzi, a small village located south-west of the town of Avellino (East of Napoli). The Avellino area produces some of the most sought after wines of Campania including 3 different DOCG: Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, and Taurasi.

"Terra del Vulcano" and "Lava" evokes the volcanic soils of Campania that resulted from the ancient explosion, 2000 years ago, of Mount Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio in Italian).

"Terre del Vulcano" is a fairly new project from the renown négociant team: Valentino Sciotti and Camillo de Julis, who work closely with small, artisan wine producers. The winemaker is the highly esteemed Marco Flacco, who likes to craft balanced, complex, true to their Terroir wines expressing the mineral character and the richness of the soils. All of his wines are made with minimal intervention to preserve their natural characteristics.

Grown in hillside estate vineyards in the province of Benevento, at elevations from 350-400
meters. This wine is made from 100% hand-picked Aglianico grapes. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, it was then aged for about 8 months in 2nd year barriques.

Notoriously tannic, it takes real skill to craft wines this soft and polished from Aglianico. With explosive, earthy fragrance and features, this is a great Aglianico. Ripe dark berries, earth, spice, and present yet integrated tannins are the main components of this wild tamed wine made from vines growing on ancient lava soils. Although, it will a good pork BBQ and other grilled meats wine, it is a perfect mid-season wine and I'll suggest you to discover it soon before it gets too hot outside.


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