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Pietra Calda

External Review by Palm Bay International:

Pietra Calda 2009 - 90 points, Wine Advocate/ The 2009 Fiano di Avellino Pietracalda combines textural richness and varietal expression in a rich, generous style of Fiano. The wine caresses the palate with fruit all the way through to the vivid, enveloping finish.

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Feudi di San Gregorio:
Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclaimed estate was established in 1986. Along with the expert guidance of consulting enologist Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy’s most esteemed winemaking talents, Feudi di San Gregorio has emerged into the international limelight as a great success story in a region that, for many years, was ... Read more
Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclaimed estate was established in 1986. Along with the expert guidance of consulting enologist Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy’s most esteemed winemaking talents, Feudi di San Gregorio has emerged into the international limelight as a great success story in a region that, for many years, was locked in a virtual winemaking holding pattern. Feudi di San Gregorio has aggressively tapped into the enormous potential of Campania's unique terroir and ancient varietals by placing a thoroughly modern spin on indigenous grapes such as Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Aglianico. Feudi di San Gregorio sources its grapes from the finest vineyards set in the rolling hills of the Irpinia region, located in close proximity to Mount Vesuvius. The volcano's legendary eruptions have laden the sandstone and marl soil with mineral-rich deposits of volcanic ash, forming a unique composition that imparts highly distinctive aromas and flavors in the grapes. Recognizing that a keen understanding of climatic conditions is indispensable to the successful cultivation of vines, Feudi di San Gregorio has invested extensively in state-of-the-art winemaking technology. Each of the estate's vineyards is equipped with a solar-powered meteorological station that gathers data continuously. By closely monitoring the environment, the estate is actively practicing eco-compatible viticulture, thereby reducing the need for artificial methods to an absolute minimum. Further embracing the benefits of technology, construction was recently completed on a modernized cellaring facility. A $20-million investment, it has the capacity to house an impressive 5,000 barrels. Read less

External Reviews for Pietra Calda

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/16/2011

Pietra Calda 2009 - 90 points, Wine Advocate/ The 2009 Fiano di Avellino Pietracalda combines textural richness and varietal expression in a rich, generous style of Fiano. The wine caresses the palate with fruit all the way through to the vivid, enveloping finish.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
02/09/2012

Pietra Calda 2009 - 90 points, Wine Spectator Insider/ Elegant, yet deceptively dense, this firm white balances green melon, pear and blanched almond notes with floral layers of spice, pine and wild herb, as the silky finish stretches out.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/14/2014

Pietra Calda 2012 - 92 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Made from organically grown grapes, it boasts a floral fragrance of chamomile, white flower, beeswax and tropical fruit. The structured, elegant palate delivers grapefruit, nectarine, peach and mineral accented with aromatic herbs. Can be held for more complexity; drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
05/21/2013

Pietra Calda 2011 - 93 points, Decanter/ Marked minerality, with flowers and nuts. Round, with good weight. Nice fruit and leather finish.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Pietra Calda 2008 - 89 Points, eRobertParker.com/ The 2008 Fiano di Avellino Pietracalda shows off lovely balance and richness but never looses its sense of minerality. Flowers, peaches, spices and minerals are some of the nuances that emerge from this layered attractive white... proprietor Antonio Capaldo... boasts an impressive resume, replete with world-class academic credentials and stints with Lazard in Paris and McKinsey in Italy. Despite his background, Capaldo remains humble, eager to learn... all qualities which should serve him very well going forward. Noted agronomist Pierpaolo Sirch oversees the work in the vineyards and cellar.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
04/07/2011

Feudi di San Gregorio, a modern expression of a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication to the land, is Campania’s premier winemaking estate. Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly-acclaimed winery was established in 1986. Since then, it has aggressively tapped into the enormous potential of Campania's unique terroir and ancient varieties by placing a contemporary spin on indigenous grapes such as Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Aglianico. Throughout its short yet prolific history, the estate’s proprietors have cultivated Campania’s finest vineyards and worked closely with some of Italy’s best enologists. The results have been remarkable — the wines of Feudi di San Gregorio meet time and again with stellar reviews and consistently garner international critical acclaim. Production Area From the Pietracalda vineyard in the Fiano di Avellino appellation of southern Italy’s Campania region. 15+ year-old vines are grown at 1,500 ft above sea level with southern exposure. Grapes are grown at a moderately dense 4,500 vines per hectare in moderately deep soil with slight to moderately calcareous surface. Deeper levels are calcareous with silty clay and a marly, limey soil. Organic farming practices are utilized. Grape Varieties 100% Fiano Vinification Grapes are harvested in early to mid-October. Immediately following harvest, grapes are de-stemmed and undergo a gentle press followed by cold settling at 57°F for 24-48 hours. Fermented partly in stainless steel and partly in wood between 61 - 64°F. Color Intense straw-yellow Bouquet A wide range of Mediterranean essences, from fresh chamomile flowers to freshly picked peach and apricot; acacia honey to the more complex candied citron. Taste Medium-bodied, dry and fruit forward, with a refreshing acidity and long finish that recalls fresh citrus and green melon Alcohol 13.9%


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

/ This relatively young estate in Campania has come along in recent years with a very consistent range of wines mostly focused on indigenous varieties. Quality is especially remarkable considering the large number of bottles produced. The 2006 Fiano de Avellino Pietracalda offers up an exotic array of ash, earthiness, smoke and yellow peaches with a gorgeous, open personality.


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