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NV Matrone 'Spasso' Campania Rosso

NV Matrone 'Spasso' Campania Rosso

Region: Mt. Vesuvius < Campania < Italy
Grapes: Cancello, Cascaveglia, Fosso and Aglianicone, all on native rootstock.
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming (certified by 2024); volcanic lapillus and sandy soils; after destemming by hand and pressing by feet, the fermentation lasts for 21 days on the skins in plastic tanks, with minimal punch downs, then rests 6 months in stainless steel tanks; bottled unfined/unfiltered with 15ppm added SO2; 11.5%; 120 cases
Winemaker: Andrea Matrone

Volcano-flavored Kool-Aid, this is a glou-glou field blend of nearly extinct Vesuvian grape varieties!

FUSO is a collaboration project between natural wine importer Portofino with organic grower/vignerons in different Italian regions to produce "Italy’s natural and characterful daily drinkers from farmers and producers who are our long time friends and colleagues".  Here they partner with Cantine Matrone, a small family-owned winery on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius with a tradition dating back to the 1700s. Fast forward to this century, when Andrea Matrone and his cousin Francesco reappropriated the original 18th-century family cantina and 2.3 hectares of vineyards on the southern slopes of Vesuvius. If Etna’s volcanic wines are nobile, Vesuvius’ are wild, with potassium and iron-rich volcanic soils providing funky bitter and salty notes akin to the moss between the teeth of Ewok on an Imperial speeder bike.  Given the estate's proximity to the lava fields, it goes without saying that the volcanic and iron-rich soils are a major influence and a driving force in the wines, all of which have a wild mineral character shining through. The Spasso is a blend of 4 almost-forgotten red varieties from Campania: 25% Cancello (bio-type of Piedirosso, Pergola planted here and vigorous), 25% Cascaveglia (super-rare, with high degree of polyphenols from skins and pips, raging acidity, and a particular 'inky' note, that one often can find in Dolcetto), 25% Fosso (first vinification 2020 so stay-tuned), 25% Aglianicone (less color than Aglianico, more elegant, similar to the aromatic Coda di Volpe Rossa found also in Campania).  All planted on their own root-stocks and coming from a small .1 hectare parcel on the southern slopes of Vesuvius.  Total production is tiny -- just 10,000 bottles across the entire estate.  

'Spasso' means "fun" or "party", because this short maceration wine is Vesuvio's answer to glou glou, meant for early (and often) drinking, with a very slight chill.  But it's surprisingly grippy for how light and low-ABV it is, so not too much chill or tannins get fierce.  At only 11.5% abv, it's light and fresh on the palate, with a deep red fruit and earthy character. Dark cherry, wild forest berries, a hint of charred orange peel, and that volcanic mineral character are front and center, with a hint of pleasing Campari-esqque bitterness on the finish. Great acidity frames the juicy quality of this wine, making it a great summer or BBQ sipper.
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