Aminea Greco di Tufo D.O.C.G. 2002

Greco from Italy
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Made from 100% Greco di Tufo grown in the province of Avellino. Vineyards are located 1,485 feet above sea level, benefit from northeastern exposure and consist of chalky, clay soils. The grapes were harvested in October and vinified in temperature controlled Stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation was partially carried out. The wine is intensely aromatic with a light, golden color. It is excellent as an aperitif or served alongside fish and shellfish at 50* F.

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Aminea, Italy
Aminea was founded in 1997 and produced their first vintage in 1999. The winery is located in the town of Montemarano in the heart of the Taurasi appellation. Besides being known as the largest and best producer of Aglianico for Taurasi, the area is famous for chestnuts. Montemarano is a tiny village located in highest part of the mountain chain which encompasses the region of Irpinia. This hilly area runs along and overlooks the Calore river. Over 2,000 years ago, the area was settled by the Aminei. Even at that time, they were producing a wine call Aminea which is known today as Fiano. The area used to be covered by one of the largest forests in southern Italy. This part of Italy has always had lush and fertile soils that produced abundant fruits and vegetables. Because the soils are so rich in minerals, the Aglianico grown here tends to be more structured with greater longevity.

Today, the Aminea company is owned and managed by 3 partners, Michele Fede, Michele Morsa and Domenico Morgillo. Each have individual professions but they are united by a common passion for wine. The 3 families own 45 acres of land but purchase wine from growers to reach approximately twice as much as they are able to produce for themselves. Aminea is a dynamic, young operation with plans to build new winery within 3 years.

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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes grow in every region throughout Italy—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean.

Italian Wine Regions

Naturally, most Italian wine regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige create favorable conditions for cool-climate grape varieties. The Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering the variable terrain and conditions, it is still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on picturesque hillsides.

Italian Grape Varieties

Italy boasts more indigenous grape varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most Italian wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany, as well as Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy Piedmontese wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the white wines, Trebbiano, Verdicchio and Garganega. The list goes on.

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A late-ripening, medium- to full-bodied variety from Campania, Greco delivers relatively high acidity and flaunts an invigorating mineral character—more so than its other regional white grape compatriots, Fiano and Falanghina. Somm Secret—The name Tufo comes from the soft, volcanic rock found all over in the subsoil of the region where Greco thrives.

WBO30002876_2002 Item# 74822

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