2008 Pietracupa Fiano di Avellino

Southern Italian Charmer

I have to admit, it’s been rather difficult tracking down information on this particular producer, and this particular wine. I can tell you a few things:

  1. It comes from Fiano di Avellino in Campania, Italy
  2. It is made from 100% fiano grapes
  3. It will run you about $25 or so
  4. It’s pretty yummy

I’ve reviewed a Fiano di Avellino before, and liked it well enough (but not that well). This one, I enjoyed quite a bit more.

To celebrate my getting back on the Italian wine horse (I’ve written more than a few words about Italian wine in the past), I’m looking back at this Italian white that I had a few months ago. Thank goodness, I take great notes.

The Pietracupa Fiano is a shimmering, faint gold color in the glass. The nose is incredibly clean. I get aromas of fresh rain, some rose petal, and a chalky minerality—almost granite smell—that comes off very light, very unencumbered, and very pretty.

The wine is medium-bodied and dry, and is mostly earthy and twiggy in its flavor profile. It’s got quite a bit more complexity to its flavors than most whites I’ve had, Italian or otherwise. There’s a kicker of a flavor in here, too—truffle oil. Yes, really.

A charming, clean, complex, pretty white wine from the south of Italia. All in all, you can’t go wrong with it—assuming you can find it.

Verdict: 90/100

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