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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: De Conciliis 2012 Donnaluna Fiano

Posted on | March 29, 2016 | Written by Stephane Menard | No Comments

WH1864-2TWhen I lived in Italy, I used to go down the coast and visit Napoli on the weekends to go sailing with my friends. One of our favorites wines was Fiano, a delicious white wine made with the indigenous Campania grape. Like Falanghina, another Campania white, Fiano is part of the southern Italian culture and identity, and as soon as you put your nose into the glass, images of the Amalfi coast immediately arise. Whenever, I smell Fiano, I see the warm night of the summer by the sea, eating some pasta alle vongole and a fresh glass of mineral-laden, aromatic white wine.

Fiano has been growingin southern Italy for hundreds of years’ the first mention of Fiano comes in the thirteenth century. While the most famous expression of Fiano is Fiano di Avellino DOCG, it’s not the only Fiano worth enjoying. I just discovered the fantastic Donnaluna Fiano 2012 from De Conciliis. Golden in the glass, this wine explodes with notes of golden apple, green fig, and white currant with accents of honeysuckle and star anise. Apple dominates on the medium-bodied palate, but it gets support from  citrus notes of  lemon and a suggestion of honey-roasted hazelnuts. This Bruno De Conciliis wine is a straightforward, very well made Fiano.

Terroir is particularly important for Fiano, and the wonderful terroir of Cilento with its volcanic soil surrounded by mountains and seas makes it thrive. Estate owner Bruno De Conciliis is one of a kind; he plays jazz in the cellars to keep his wines happy, which makes it difficult not to appreciate his aesthetic, and the deliciousness of his wines make it hard not to appreciate Bruno’s work with southern Italy’s great grape varietals. The family-run De Conciliis estate grows its grapes organically, but it’s transitioning to biodynamic protocol.

Bruno makes his Fiano in the “modern” style.  It’s a delicious, medium-acidic wine with a nice long finish; under $30, this wine comes at a fantastic price, and I highly recommend it.

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