A Perfect Italian Summer White

A Perfect Italian Summer White

Posted on Jul, 31. 2012 by

Categories: Wine

I’ll be perfectly honest with you — my love affair with Italian white wines continues to blossom.  In the past when I’ve come across things like Soave and Pinot Grigio I’ve been super-excited about, we’ve launched offers that have turned out to be hugely popular.  Today we’re going to introduce another varietal, this time one native to the Campania region in southwest Italy that produces some very interesting white wines — this grape is called Falanghina.  The typical flavor profile wines made from this varietal is ripe fruit in the peach/lemon/pineapple realm with good acidity — compared to the sleeker whites from NE Italy (Friuli, Alto Adige) these are more ripe and “tropical,” in a similar way that Chardonnay from Southern California differs from that of Carneros.

The 2011 Cantina Taburno Falanghina is a very typical example of excellent Falanghina.  Produced by a consortium of growers in the Benevento region in Campania, Cantina Taburno has developed an outstanding reputation for value.  Antionio Galloni’s recent quotes on the winery include notes like “Cantina del Taburno is an excellent source for well-priced wines from Campania,” and “This gorgeous set of wines from Cantina del Taburno offer remarkable value.

Galloni has not yet reviewed the 2011 Falanghina, but his scores of the prior two vintages were just below the magical 90.  That said, Michael Davis and I opened a bottle the other night and were quite pleased — this following is my tasting note:

Nose of high-toned lemon and a hint of banana.  On the palate, gobs of sweet tropical fruit — peach, lemon and banana, but lots of acidity keeps things focused and some classy minerality comes through on the surprisingly long finish. Excellent…

Among several wines tasted that night we were incredibly impressed with this one, and given the price/value thought that it would be a no-brainer offer that the membership would love.  This will be a fun white to coolly sip through the rest of the summer heat, and a perfect fit for lighter dishes and fishes that appeal to us during these warm months…

2011 Cantina Taburno Falanghina, Campania, Italy
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Retail Price: $16.49

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