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November 10, 2016
Looking at You, Campania
We are simply thrilled by what Ian D’Agata wrote for Vinous about the wines of Campania! We have believed in the region and our producers for quite sometime. Getting others to believe in the terroir has been a slight challenge. So it is nice to read Ian’s wonderful words on the region, the producers and the exciting future of this terroir.
Excerpt from the article “The Wines of Campania: Getting Better and Better” “Campania’s white wines vie with those of Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia for top spot on Italy’s list of quality whites. And today’s reds from the region are increasingly removed from the old southern Italian stereotype of unclean, overripe and high alcohol wines.
One of the most positive developments in Italy’s wine scene over the last 30 years has been the total transformation of Campania. It is safe to say that Campania’s wines have never been this good, and the improvements have been due both to a plethora of new and exciting estates run by a passionate and energetic new generation and, increasingly, to moneyed locals who are looking to invest in the region’s wine economy. The presence of a number of outstanding, world-class local grape varieties that grow practically nowhere else and a better understanding of many of the region’s unique—often volcanic—terroirs have also played important roles in the transformation of Campanian wine.”
We direct import two producers from Campania that were mentioned in the article: Ciro Picariello and La Sibilla. Ian states in the article that Ciro Picariello “makes some of Campania’s most sought-after wines.” Then he writes about La Sibilla that “the Di Meo family has turned their small estate into one of the country’s best Falanghina and Piedirosso wine producers.” This is awesome praise for two producers that we discovered several years ago and were amazed by the quality, the balance, and the soul of the wines. We hope you get the chance to discover their magic as well.
Ciro Picariello 2013 Fiano di Avellino DOCG
Ciro Picariello 2013 Irpinia Fiano DOP
Ciro Picariello 2013 Greco di Tufo DOCG
Ciro Picariello 2012 Campania Rosso IGP
La Sibilla 2014 Falanghina, Campi Flegrei DOC
La Sibilla 2013 Piedirosso, Campi Flegrei DOC