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by Trabucco: great Falerno

Posted by vidanto, Jan 15, 2010.

I know, of course, that in Campania only one vulcano is very famous in the world and it is Vesuvius, the small giant on the bay of Naples.
It is great, and great are the wines made by its grapes: Lacryma Christi, first of all, but also Catalanesca (not yet famous, but . . . .wait !).
Anyhow, now I would like to talk about a different and less famous vulcano: the vulcano of Roccamonfina.
Vesuvius is sleeping, Roccamonfina is turned-off completely.
Roccamonfina vulcano is a th the north-west edge of Campania felix and its ground, obviously, is very good for grapes.
This is the best place for the ancient wine named Falerno, a so ancient wine that it was the most famous and precious wine for the ancient Romans and, first of all, for the poet Orazio whose his rich farmhouse to spend his holidays was there.
Well, two days ago I "met" two great wines, both made by the young and clever winemaker Nicola Trabucco.
The first one is "Rapicano 2007 Falerno del Massico": aglianico 80% and piedirosso 20%. Aglianico grape to build the backbone of the wine and piedirosso to give the nice and sweet stroke in the glass. A very eelegant wine, strong but not rude: elegant and with a velvet touch.
The second one is "Erre 2007 Falerno del Massico": quite similar to Rapicano but a bit less elegant and easier to drink.
Both good to match with red meats and aged cheeses.
Two great Falerno and very honest prices. Here, in Italy at the winery, the price of Rapicano is 15 € and Erre is 8 €

Winery is TRABUCCO at Santa Croce di Carinola, close to Roccamonfina.

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 15, 2010.

I've had the Falerno del Massico Rapicano once. It was a 2003 and was superb with fusili in a lamb ragu at a restaurant on the waterfront in Napoli. Your post stimulated me to recall its ruby red color, soft tannins and notes of balsamico and menthol. Years before that I was still in my wines-of-the-north phase and wasn't taking the reds of Campagna too seriously, but by that time I was able to open myself to the almost impenetrable red fruit of its nose and the long finish. Wish I could get it in Tokyo.

Thanks, vidanto, once again, for a great intro to a lovely couple of wines....

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Reply by vidanto, Jan 15, 2010.

oh, I thank you.

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 15, 2010.

At that time (approx. four years ago) I remember the wine being around 10€ in stores (not the restaurant). Seems like the price has gone up a little, but it's still quite reasonable for this caliber of wine....

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Reply by amour, Jan 16, 2010.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Will keep an eye on your GEMS!

IN LONDON AND ITALY I SOMETIMES ATE AND DRANK PIEDMONTE.

The Locanda Mongreno in TURIN has this modern Piedmontese food culture,
which I am not able to accomodate!!! Too traditional in some ways...I am.
And not a lover of ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE BUT OF THE ART !

Anyway I enjoyed SCAVINO's ROSSO VINO DA TAVOLA made of
NEBBIOLO,BARBERA, DOLCETTO, CABERNET SAUVIGNON.


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