Off Topic: Castellani Fiano Beneventano IGT – Sanvito Campagnia 2012 – $$
Friday was warm and sunny. I went out looking for a Picpoul to toast the end of the working week, but came back with this wine instead. It comes from the Campagnian region of Italy, via the bottlestore down the street from my work.
Wikipedia sez about the grape, “According to Jancis Robinson, Fiano can produce an age-worthy wine that has to potential to develop in the bottle for several years after the vintage date. In its youth Fiano is often intensely flavored and aromatic with honey notes that over time develop more spicy and nutty notes. The advent of modern winemaking techniques with its emphasis on limiting oxidation and preserving freshness, have improved the overall quality of Fiano wines over the years. However, some producers that still practice more traditional winemaking techniques can still produce wines that come across as heavy and be prone to premature oxidation.”
12.5%. Pale straw colour.
On bouquet, strong aromas of spice, florals, honey and nutty notes, & rolling tobacco.
To taste, fresh & structured & textured, with citrus, honey and hazelnut flavours. Grapefruit finish. I liked it.
BTW the Roman wine Apianum was produced by a grape known as vitis apiana, whose name is related to the Latin word for “bees” which were strongly attracted to the sugary pulp of the grapes. Some wine historians believe that the grape behind Apianum may have been Fiano.