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Greco, 2017. Fattoria Alois

Greco, 2017. Fattoria Alois

Item #: L0220W3II
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Greco
Vineyard/Appellation: Campania, Italy
Color: Very Pale Yellow
Nose: Guava, Grapefruit
Palate: Succulent Spice
Finish: Engaging Fruit, Citrus
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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There's something about living on a piece of property that has been in your family and producing something of significance that holds you next to the Earth like nothing else. Michele Alois lives in the home his ancestors built in 1825. As far as Italian wine history goes, that's really not that long, but the history of Campania is.

Here they not only preserve history, they honor it. The Greeks ruled the "world" before the Romans. Italy was part of the Greek empire and like any empire, they needed to spread their culture to whomever they conquered. A very big part of that culture was producing wine.

When the Greeks took over Italy nearly 3,000 years ago, they brought their grapes with them. Upon arriving, they found grapes and wine and thought they tasted better. The reason for the better grapes was the fact that Italian vines wrapped around olive trees and as a result got more sun and ripeness. The Greeks called this place "Enotria," the land of staked vines.

When the Romans took over, they categorized the grapes that the Greeks brought with them rather broadly. In this case Greco, simply means Greek. There are a lot of Greco's here, but the one found in Campania is considered the best, a fact not lost on Alois.

Our Greco is an aromatic wine with lingering exotic fruits like guava, dragon fruit and gooseberry mixed with a citrus edge. It would valiantly show off shrimp diavolo or pasta Puttanesca.