2011 Cantine Dell'angelo Estate Greco Di TufoGreco from Italy
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"Striking light gold, crystal clear and alluring in color. Breathtaking aromatics that range from floral, dried passion fruit, stone fruit and white raspberry, woven together ...
"Striking light gold, crystal clear and alluring in color. Breathtaking aromatics that range from floral, dried passion fruit, stone fruit and white raspberry, woven together with finely laced threads of chalky minerality. On the palate, full bodied yet elegantly built, with pronounced flavors of dried and freshly ripened white fruit, passion fruit, peach, apricot, white cherry, golden raspberry, accented by flinty & chalky minerality with lace-like texture. Wine is elevated by its beautifully delineated structure, verticality, brisk acidity and sublime minerality." -Wine Buyer Stephen C. Fahy, DWS
While Angelo Muto comes from a family of winemakers, he is the first to estate-bottle. His five hectares of Greco vineyards sit around the small village of Tufo, center of the Greco di Tufo appellation—the smallest of Campania’s four DOCGs—tucked into a picturesque landscape of rolling hills inland of bustling Naples. Greco, an ancient varietal that found its way to southern Italy from Greece long ago, expresses its full structural and aromatic potential in the volcanic soils that give Tufo its name. These soils offer a complex assortment of minerals to feed the vines: atop the bedrock of volcanic tufo lies a mix of clay and limestone with chunks of chalk, quartz, and yellow striations of elemental sulfur.
Angelo’s flagship parcel is in fact situated directly atop an abandoned sulfur mine, on a very steep slope at high altitude. The vineyards are worked entirely by hand, as much a result of the significant grade as it is Angelo’s determination to bring out the best in his land. He refuses to treat his vines with herbicides or pesticides, proudly pointing out the abundant grasses, wildflowers, and butterflies prospering amid the rows of Greco.
Similarly, he allows indigenous yeasts present in the vineyards to carry out fermentation, after which the wine ages in tank on its lees with little manipulation save racking and a light filtration prior to bottling. Angelo’s commitment to traditional production methods, along with input from his like-minded friend and enologist, Luigi Sarno (see Cantina del Barone), allows for a classic rendition of this unique white wine. His Greco di Tufo is a beautiful golden color with elegance, plenty of acidity; ripe, tender citrusy lusciousness, and a firm, completely mineral-packed, finish. This is a full-bodied white—Greco is often referred to as ‘a red dressed as a white’—that is excellent in its youth alongside all sorts of cuisine, with the potential to age well in good vintages. It is truly an honor to work with Cantine dell’Angelo and a pleasure to represent wines that are a testament to the potential of this exciting region." -Importer