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2019 Quintodecimo 'Exultet' Fiano di Avellino

Regular price $49.00
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2019 Quintodecimo 'Exultet' Fiano di Avellino

Regular price $49.00
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QUINTODECIMO REDEFINES CAMPANIAN WHITE WINES 
Let us just begin by saying these are frighteningly good wines. Frightening to the extent that these wines represent a tier of quality that breaks a glass ceiling for Campania’s whites. The region’s whites have rarely eclipsed even $30 retail, and they’ve rarely deserved it. An occasional Fiano or Greco impressed with some textural glossiness, but these were mainly whites meant to sip on a patio eating seafood in Naples. Even for someone absolutely entrenched in Italian wine, Quintodecimo is not well known as they haven’t had extensive US distribution. I first came across them at A16, a Campania-focused restaurant in San Francisco, and have been purchasing them anytime I see them on a restaurant list or online auction for the last decade. These wines are the product of decades of research by Italian enologist and professor, Luigi Moio, who earned a Ph.D. for his work on the chemistry of wine and food aromas and flavors. In 2004, he returned from Burgundy to Campania and purchased a small estate, slowly expanding vineyard holdings using a scientific approach to find the best locations and exposures for each of Campania’s native grape varieties. The wines are contemporary and polished with some use of new barrique, but embrace sustainability and natural aesthetics, using native yeasts and only organic viticulture. They are a true masterclass in Campanian varietal character, and their sheer weightless intensity is gravity-defying and establishes a new expectation for what we understand is possible for these grapes. In short, these are pure drama in the glass. If you’re new to Campania’s whites, the history and etymology here is fascinating, and you may be able to fashion a guess from the word Greco and Falanghina (related to Phalanx), that their origin is Greek. Research indicates the native grapes here are of ancient Greek origin, and they were likely of similar genetic material to the wild wines consumed before the Ancient Greeks went into battle. The Falanghina is the finest and most elegant with zippy acidity and an intensity a Sancerre lover adore. The Greco di Tufo is the weightiest white of the group, with a matchless depth and waxy texture to rival great Rhône Whites. The Fiano di Avellino is the best of both worlds, opening with a baroque bass-y boom of texture and extract, but tightening into a racy finish of tart apricots and sweet citrus and coastal salinity. We will offer the reds next week, which I truly believe are amongst the three greatest expressions of Aglianico on the planet, but today the whites.

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