Ciro Picariello - Fiano Di Avellino DOP 2013
Luca Gardini: 90
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. Ciro Picariello practices very natural grapegrowing and winemaking, yet his wines are completely clean and expressive. The fruit for his estate-bottled Fiano di Avellino comes from two areas within the appellation, Summonte (around Picariello's house and winery), which is at 650 meters (2,100 feet) above sea level and Montefredane, at around 500 meters (1,650 feet) above sea level. The grapes are picked by hand into small boxes, then the whole bunches are pressed, the must is settled out for 24 hours and fermented with indigenous yeast. Once the fermentation is complete, the wine is racked and then aged on the fine lees for about 10 months.
The wine is bottled with little SO2 and no fining or filtration. Fiano is one of the most age-worthy white wines in Italy, and this will go ten years very easily. The wine shows vivid, distinctive aromas and flavors of almond, herbs, citrus, and an enticing smokey/struck flint character from volcanic soil. On the palate there is bright, green-apple acidity, and great complexity.
Pairing Tips: Pair with all kinds of seafood dishes, or just roast chicken.