Falanghina, 2019. Campi Valerio

Falanghina, 2019. Campi Valerio

Item #: L0521W1II
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Falanghina
Vineyard/Appellation: Molise, Italy
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Tropical
Palate: Expansive
Finish: Very Elongated
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Shellfish/13% Alcohol by Volume

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The Valerio Family has been stewards of their 1,200 acres of land for nearly 200 years. They are pretty much self-sufficient as they are not only sustainable, but besides their 40 acres of vineyards, they also farm 75 acres of olive trees, 250 head of cattle, and 2,000 sheep which not only provide sustenance, but natural fertilizer as well.

Falanghina is one of those grapes that makes us smile by just hearing the word, let alone tasting this incredible wine. It was planted here in Campania around 700 BC by the Greeks when they were controlling the world as they knew it. When the Romans took over, they kept it as their own and for good reason. For over 2,000 years it has been linked to some of the earliest note-worthy wines made in the world. As far as we're concerned, that's no surprise.

The wine is a veritable fruit basket of flavors, each more enticing than the other. Given that lofty description, it is hard to imagine that for some inexplicable reason its plantings decreased to the point of near extinction 100 years ago.

Thankfully, producers like Valerio wouldn't let that happen and led the charge for its emergence. Today, this beautiful varietal is in full force, offering its peach, guava and quince flavors, and piquant kiwi finish. Matching it with a shrimp pasta finished with a touch of cream and vermouth would be mesmerizing.