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Rocca del Principe Fiano di Avellino 2013

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    A fresh, yet dry white wine sporting an authentically mineral profile, spanning petrol and smokiness, while reflecting citrus and balsamic with nuances of pink grapefruit and basil.

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    Rocca del Principe

    Rocca del Principe

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    Rocca del Principe, Campania, Italy
    The winery is located in Lapio, a small suburb on the green hills of Irpinia, the town with a major Fiano plantation and always considered a cru of excellence. The territory is particularly vocated for the Fiano cultivation and it is advantaged, climate wise, from the presence of the Picentini mountains: one of its peaks, mountain Tuoro (1400 mts) located not too far from Lapio works as a heat-regulator to modulate the heat and emphasizes the temperature range at night time and in the winter.

    The small family firm was born in 2004, by Ercole Zarrella, his wife Aurelia Fabrizio and his brother Antonio, coming from families that have always dedicated their lives to the land, after many years in selling the grapes to others, have decided to start their own vinification and bottling.

    Campania

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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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    Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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