Ciro Picariello 2013 Fiano di Avellino DOCG

Ciro Picariello 2013 Fiano di Avellino DOCG

Item Number: 8118

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Campania
Sub Region: Campania
Appellation/AVA: Fiano di Avellino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Fiano
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay, loam, and sandstone
Elevation: 1,600 to 2,100 feet
Case Production: 1,250

About Fiano di Avellino: Fiano di Avellino is one of Italy's best white wines, made from the Fiano variety near the town of Avellino in the region of Campania. This is high elevation Fiano (1,600 to 2,100 feet in elevation) - it reminds you that that southern Italy has some cool microclimates and can make whites as fresh as those from the north.

Winemaking Notes: Ciro Picariello practices very natural grape growing and winemaking, yet this wine is completely clean and expressive, which isn’t always a given with natural winemaking. The Fiano is usually harvested in the second or third week of October. Grapes are pressed slowly and only the first press is used for the Fiano di Avellino. The wine is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel with native yeasts. Fermentation lasts for around 60 days. The gross lees are removed shortly before the fermentation finishes (the wine is allowed to go completely dry), then the wine is kept in tank on the fine lees until the end of the following summer, when it is bottled. Use of SO2 is minimal; the wine is not filtered or fined. 

Tasting Notes: The wine shows vivid, distinctive aromas and flavors of almond, herbs, citrus, and an enticing smoky/struck flint character from volcanic soil. When young, Picariello's Fiano is lively, mineral and bracing, redolent of apple, white peach, honeysuckle, wet stone, sea salt and hazelnut, with a strong flinty character (part of his vineyards are in volcanic soil). This wine is age-worthy and will evolve over time showing similar bottle age characteristics as Loire Chenin Blanc.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (12/1/2014)

    Picariello’s 2013 Fiano di Avellino bristles with notable energy, tension and pure mineral-driven cut. Citrus peel, smoke and orchard fruits add layers of nuance in a great example of this famous late-ripening Campanian white from volcanic soils.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 90+? (9/1/2015)

    Bright, pale straw-green. Pure, subtle aromas of lemon and stony minerals are lifted by nuances of white flowers and mint. Fresh, stony and tight; much more closed today than the 2012, with a strong acid spine currently masking its fruit. But the intense lime, chlorophyll and saline flavors linger impressively on the aftertaste.