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Expert Picks: De Conciliis and Mastroberardino

Posted on | November 7, 2013 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco_1Campania, aside from tourism, is not the first Italian region that people think of when it comes to wine. However, you can find delicious sparkling, white and red wines that taste like nothing else coming from Italy. The intense, complex autochthonous flavors let you know that these wines mean business and challenge the best Barolos and Brunellos out there.

De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2011 $29.99

Fiano, along with Greco di Turfo and Falanghina, is the hallmark of Campanian white wine viticulture. It took Bruno De Concillis four years to finally figure this wine out, but when he did, he got it right. This wine is a golden hued, aromatic and full-bodied expression of this fresh varietal.  Having undergone a little skin maceration, this Fiano offers quite a bit of structure, lending itself to pair well with cooler weather and bigger foods.

Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva 2006 $49.99

Mastroberardino is like the Giacomo Conterno and Bartolo Mascarello of Barolo. He has been around for a long time and his method is unflinchingly classic. I have drunk these wines going back to the early ‘90s, the late ‘80s, and even late 60s; every bottle has soared above my expectations. To get the 2006 for only $50 is steal, considering its quality and aging potential.

 

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