A good week to be a Fiano fan, as we also featured one in our newly released Select Six for March/April. The grape has decent presence throughout the Southern end of Italy, but it reaches its greatest heights in the mountains above Naples (pun intended) alongside the Greco di Tufo and Taurasi DOCs. Volcanic soils are prevalent here as they are adjacent to the famous Mount Vesuvius, but their location high in the mountains make these vineyards distinct in the intensity and complexity. Fiano has the reputation for making the most ageworthy white wines in this area, often drawing parallels to Chablis for its combination of texture and minerality. Lots of crisp apple, citrus peel and cut hay on the nose that gets richer as it opens up but doesn't get into the tropical or heady side of things. The palate has loads of texture, and is where I can really see the Chablis comparison, with lots of pulpy mouthfeel and skin tannin, finishing with bright lemon/lime minerality that's not quite the chalky intensity of Chablis but approaches it. Sunny and enjoyable, this works as a fantastic match to richer, creamier seafood and poultry dishes, as well as citrusy seasoned white meats.
The Best of the Best.
We offering free tastings on these wines in the store every Thursday and Friday, and a 10% discount off the retail price through the duration of the day. Come on by and give them a try!