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2018 La Sibilla Campi Flegrei Falanghina

2018 La Sibilla Campi Flegrei Falanghina

Region: Campania > Campi Flegrei > Italy

Grapes: Falanghina

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: organic farming, sandy volcanic soil, 50-100
year old vines, hand picked, fermented and aged in stainless steel for
six months. Bottled lightly filtered (vegan), unfined with minimal

Winemaker: Vincenzo DiMeo

Italy's Campania region is home to the only active volcano on the
mainland- Mt. Vesuvius - and several that are extinct. The area is
rich with buried Roman ruins from volcanoes of times past, including
the area called Campi Flegrei.  In this beautiful spot, with the Bay
of Naples on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, the
happy La Sibilla grapes grow on a narrow outcropping of white,
volcanic soil.  Vines are own-rooted old - many are 100 years+.  Here,
the DiMeo family has been making wine for four generations, with the
winemaking now in the hands of young Vincenzo, who still works closely
with his father, Luigi. Most of their vineyards are adjacent to the
family home, and have never seen a single chemical input.  Instead of
cultivating a garden, they simply grow their vegetables between the
rows - natural weed control and fertilization of the soil!  From the
top of their highest plot of land there is nearly a 360 degree view of
the sea - an extreme coastal influence that you taste in a huge way in
the wine.  It's unclear which has more influence -- the sea or the
volcanic soil  -- but the minerality and salinity on the palate is SO
distinct. This intense, rocky minerality is balanced by juicy
Falanghina fruit - apricot, green apple and also a white floral
component.  Like most Italian whites, it's an excellent food wine,
especially paired with chickpea soup or seafood (both, tested!), but
it's also lovely and refreshing on its own.  Either way, this wine has
the power to transport you straight to the Italian coast, a welcome
distraction given the chaos of 2020...
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