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Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo Cicogna 2020

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Pale yellow in color with an intense, sharp and dry taste. Pleasantly harmonious,

with the unmistakable scent of bitter almond.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 92
James Suckling
A fragrant nose of peach, grapefruit and fresh white flowers. Medium-bodied with strong minerality. Balanced, bright and delicious.
D 92
From vineyards up to 400 metres above sea level on the clay calcareous soil of Tufo village, this Greco is harvested from vines of 30 to 60 years. Gabriella Ferrara's estate is one of the oldest here, dating back to 1860. The 2020 vintage did the rest. It's an intense Greco of peaty elegant, broom, Mirabelle plum and candied lemon notes. Smoky and fruity on the palate, it has chewy phenolic minerality which suggests potential for ageing. Precise on the finish, without any oxidative almondy notes, it's chalky, tense and with an almost undetectable bitterness which lends persistence.
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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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A late-ripening, medium-bodied variety from Campania, Greco delivers a relatively high acidity and flaunts an invigorating mineral character alongside fresh citrus, stone fruitand herb flavors. Somm Secret—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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