Azienda Agricola Fratelli Urciuolo, Forino Campania
Antonello and Cirò Urciuolo (in cahoots with consultant enologists Carmine Valentino) are on a steep upward path of both quality and fame. Remember you saw them here first!
Urciuolo Greco di Tufo Faliesi 2008, Campania
No malolactic fermentation here so it is very zingy and fresh with a big minerally finish…outstanding!
Urciuolo Fiano di Avellino 2008, Campania
Urciuolo Fiano di Avellino Faliesi 2008, Campania
These are wildly aromatic with intense floral and citrus elements and the Faliesi seems to be made from the local volcanic rocks, not grapes….pure minerallity on the palate, huge dry finish. We LOVE these and so will you…
Azienda Vinacola Struzziero Giovanni, Venticano Campania
This cantina was established in the heart of the Taurasi zona near Mt. Vesuvius in 1920 by the grandfather of the current proprietor (great grandfather of the current winemaker, Mario). Giovanni began production of DOC wines in 1970, carefully vinifying only his best grapes hand harvested from their 13 hectares of vines. Mario is now leading the cantina into the future with the same insistence on quality and traditional style that has made this cantina famous for nearly a century.
Struzziero Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Bianco 2009, Campania
This is 85% Coda di Volpe (“fox tail” so named for the shape of the clusters) for crisp, seafood friendly refreshingness plus some aromatic Falanghina to spice up the bouquet. Hit some Mariscos or maybe a nice Cioppino with this and you’ll be a hero. Plus: long experience has taught us that a smoldering volcano on the label is always a VERY good sign!
Struzziero Fiano di Avellino Vigna Pezze 2010, Campania
“Chardonnay? No, Grazie, I’m drinking THIS!” We could tell you all sorts of technical stuff about why this wine is so good but more to the point are our notes from VinItaly 2012: “Absolutely the best white under $50 at the fair. Full in the mouth, lots of aromatics and great acidity to back it all up. Double down on this!” We did and it’s here but VERY limited.
Struzziero Greco di Tufo Villagiulia 2010, Campania
All that and a big plate of pasta con bottarga (dried and salted cod roe grated like cheese)! One of our favorite whites on our 2012 Italian buying trip…VERY Limited, worth it!