Though quite obscure and only grown in the appellation of Campania, Falan-ghina is one of the most engaging and aromatic wines in the world. Michele Alois grew up in a home that was built when the original Falanghina vines were first planted in Campania, in 1825. His family's roots in the region date all the way back to the 16th century.
Steeped in this history, Michele Alois took it upon himself to resurrect the winemaking heritage of the appellation. When he planted his vineyard, grapes had not been grown on his property for generations. Michele started with nine rows of grapes. Poco e poco (little by little).
From those nine rows he now has upwards of 25 acres, all growing only the indigenous grapes of Campania - like Casavecchia, Pallagrello, Falanghina and the star of Campania, Aglianico, one of the greatest red wines in the world. And Michele is now recognized as the leading producer of Falanghina.
Because Michele is a perfectionist, he shunned the less expensive tradition of planting 600 vines per acre in favor of planting nearly 2,500 per acre. This density forces each vine to produce much less fruit, but the quality is much greater. Because the vines are so close, all the work in the vineyard must be done by hand. This is way expensive, but it's the best way.
The result is what you would expect from a perfectionist. The floral notes emerge from the glass followed by scents of tropical fruits and spice. The palate is similar, but adds flecks of orange peel, clove and honey. Delizioso.