Colli di Lapio, Fiano di Avellino 2018

Colli di Lapio

Fiano di Avellino
With another outstanding performance, Clelia Romano clearly demonstrates that she is the premier Fiano producer and the benchmark by which others have come to be measured. Brilliant and sparkling in the glass, the 2018 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino offers up an enticing array of aromas and flavours: spring flowers, stone fruits, and incense all make their appearance and exude a seductive energy with pinpoint precision, refreshing acidity, and gentle minerality. Moreover, it finishes with verve and vivacity that includes a refreshing hint of sea spray.This young Fiano is absolutely brilliant now, yet a moderate chill (40º-45° F) and a few minutes of aeration in the glass will only enhance the pleasure. Born upon hills not far from the sea and recalls the entrancing beauty of the Campania and nearby Amalfi Coast. From the craggy Amalfi Coast that soars high above the swirling depths and the rugged green Apennine Mountains that climb precipitously inland to the very backbone of Italy. Made to highlight the catch of the day as well as the produce of the land, this white makes a brilliant partner to all kinds of fish, shellfish, veal, chicken, and legumes. Rock fish, mullet, snapper, and shrimp all provide excellent pairings, with Shrimp Scampi topping the list. Cioppino. Colli di Lapio is a small, family owned winery - Run with expert care and supreme dedication by Clelia Romano and her family and comprises a mere 8 hectares (approximately 19 acres). The winery, adjacent to the property’s superbly tended vineyards, is both modern and clean but no bigger than a large garage. And having spent time at the winery with Clelia and her family we can attest to its diminutive size and continue to wonder how Clelia and the estate’s winemaker Angelo Pizzi can even turn around in the place during harvest time, as there is not a single centimeter of space to spare. Fiano is one of the two noble white grapes of southern Italy. It draws its name from the vine’s ancient name vitis apiana, meaning vine beloved by bees. The finest examples of Fiano hail from the environs of the ancient Campania town of Avellino; hence, the name of the D.O.C.G. contains both the varietal name and its generic origin – Fiano di Avellino. Fiano has been grown in and around Avellino for more than two millennia. This noble grape variety is believed to have been brought to the Italian peninsula by the Greeks more than 2,500 years ago. Fiano’s reputation is both long and illustrious: its forebears are reputed to have been the favorite libation of Roman elite vacationing along the Amalfi Coast.
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Campania is the ‘shin’ of Italy’s boot, with Naples as its capital. Campania’s success owes much to the varied climates and terroirs that host around 100,000 acres (46,800ha) of vines. This region, close to the sea, enjoys an abundance of sunshine with dry and hot summers and mild winters; all these components make it perfect for growing vines.

The region has strong historical links to wine and vine, dating back to the 12th century BC, and is one of Italy's very oldest wine regions. The area is also famous for producing Falerno (Falernum), one of the most ancient wines in Italy.

Viticulture is in its element thanks to an abundance of sunshine, dry hot summers, mild winters, a long growing season and volcanic soil.

Wine Appellations:

Campania has four DOCG appellations for the ancient wines of Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino, Falerno del Massico and Greco di Tufo. Taurasi is the region’s most prolific wine made from the Aglianico grape, whose name is derived from "Hellenic" as the grape was first introduced by the Greeks. The region has also a regional IGT for Campania, under which many expressive red, white and rosé wines are made from local grapes. About 75% of Campania’s production is now DOCG, DOC and IGT wines.

IGT: Campania; Colli di Salerno

DOC: Capri; Ischia; Falanghina del Sannio; Irpinia

DOCG: Greco di Tufo; Fiano di Avellino; Taurasi; Aglianico del Taburno

Indigenous Grapes varieties

White: Biancolella; Greco, Fiano; Falanghina

Red: Aglianico; Piedirosso

Grape Varieties

Its most important red variety is arguably Aglianico. Also vital to Campania's vineyards are the white-wine varieties Fiano and Greco, which are championed by the region's most respected white wines, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo. Another light-skinned grape of interest here is Falanghina, which forms the backbone of Falerno del Massico and Galluccio wines.