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Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo Cicogna 2017

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More or less intense straw yellow colored. The nose is intense, fine and elegant, white flower notes, dry fruit, almonds, pleasant mineral notes. The flavor is full, harmonic, fresh and sapid, well-balanced, pleasant finish with mineral notes.

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This wine is a beauty, and it's one of the stars among this year's white wine new releases from Campania. The 2017 Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna hits all possible nails on all possible heads. This hot and dry vintage has shaped a lively quality of fruit that is bright and opulent with plenty of primary purity. Stone fruit, honey, yellow rose and crushed stone make for a seamless succession of aromas. This is a lean to mid-weight wine that impresses in terms of length and finish. Make no mistake, the wine is not made to be complex or sophisticated, but it achieves a happy state of simplicity nonetheless. Some 20,000 bottles were made. The vines are up to 60 years old and planted in clay limestone soils mixed with veins of volcanic sulfur.
Rating: 92+
JS 92
Sliced lemons and cooked apples with slate and stones. Lime and kiwi, too. Full-bodied, layered and very rich with lovely intensity and length.
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Benito Ferrara, Italy
The A.A. Benito Ferrara ® was founded in 1880 as a grape producing and transforming firm. It had an area of about 40 Ha. Its current area is about 3 Ha, and it's going to be 7 Ha in the near future. Our grounds are 450-600 meters above sea level height, toward south, they lie in a hill area, and they are rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and silicon, let alone the sulfur stones that are in the depth of the eluvial horizon. It has to be remembered too that in the depth of the rock there are the famous Mines of sulfur. And in those vineyards every year takes place the vintage.

Planted about 30 years ago, the vineyard breed is “espalier”, with Guyot pruning. The peculiarity of the grapes is that the cluster is divided in two, a greater and a smaller part: they are the " twin souls " or " aminae gemina ". The agronomist Columella described it in such a way, while Cato and Giovan Battista Della Porta defined it " Graecia " and " Graecula ".

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A winemaking renaissance is underfoot in Campania as more and more small, artisan and family-run wineries redefine their style with vineyard improvements and cellar upgrades. The region boasts a cool Mediterranean climate with extreme coastal, as well as high elevation mountain terroirs. It is cooler than one might expect in Campania; the region usually sees some of the last harvest dates in Italy.

Just south of Mount Vesuvio, the volcanic and sandy soils create aromatic and fresh reds based on Piedirosso and whites, made from Coda di Volpe and Falanghina. Both reds and whites go by the name, Lacryma Christi, meaning the "tears of Christ." South of Mount Vesuvio, along the Amalfi Coast, the white varieties of Falanghina and Biancolella make fresh, flirty, mineral-driven whites, and the red Piedirosso and Sciasinoso vines, which cling to steeply terraced coastlines, make snappy and ripe red wines.

Farther inland, as hills become mountains, the limestone soil of Irpinia supports the whites Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo as well as the most-respected red of the south, Aglianico. Here the best and most age-worthy examples come from Taurasi.

Farther north and inland near the city of Benevento, the Taburno region also produces Aglianico of note—called Aglianico del Taburno—on alluvial soils. While not boasting the same heft as Taurasi, these are also reliable components of any cellar.

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This late-ripening variety from Campania flaunts an invigorating mineral character—more so than its other regional white grape compatriots, Fiano and Falanghina. Bursting with fresh citrus, stone fruit, herb and spice, Greco di Tufo wines are dark lemon or gold in color but as that might suggest, aren’t particularly heavy on the palate. The wines are medium- to full-bodied and have a relatively high acidity. The name Tufo comes from the soft, volcanic rock found all over in the subsoil of the region where Greco thrives.

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