2017 Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna

Year: 2017
Appellation: Campania
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$25.95

"This wine is a beauty, and it's one of the stars among this year's white wine new releases from Campania. The 2017 Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna hits all possible nails on all possible heads. This hot and dry vintage has shaped a lively quality of fruit that is bright and opulent with plenty of primary purity. Stone fruit, honey, yellow rose and crushed stone make for a seamless succession of aromas. This is a lean to mid-weight wine that impresses in terms of length and finish. Make no mistake, the wine is not made to be complex or sophisticated, but it achieves a happy state of simplicity nonetheless. Some 20,000 bottles were made. The vines are up to 60 years old and planted in clay limestone soils mixed with veins of volcanic sulfur." (WA)

"Bright full yellow. Orange zest, white flowers and minerals animate the fruity nose. Juicy, deep and pure, showing strong mineral accents to the stone fruit and mango flavors. Bright mineral-driven acidity gives the wine a fine-grained texture. The finish is long and ripe, but very refined. Knockout Greco." (VM)

"Sliced lemons and cooked apples with slate and stones. Lime and kiwi, too. Full-bodied, layered and very rich with lovely intensity and length. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Gabriella Ferrara manages this small estate, that has been in her family for many generations, together with her husband Sergio. The major part of the vineyards (8 hectares) stands in the district of San Paolo within the commune of Tufo, which is considered the best zone for the Greco grape variety. The Aglianico vineyards (3.3 hectares) stand in the zone of Montemiletto. The altitude is ideal between 450 and 600 meters above sea level with southern exposure, the area is cool and airy, which naturally protects the vines against frosts and diseases. The Greco vineyards stand next to abandoned sulphur mines and sulphur rocks can be found amongst the vines: this gives the wines wonderful mineral notes. The cellar equipment is extremely modern. The talented oenologist Paolo Caciorna helps the Ferrara family make great wines that are appreciated worldwide.

Colour:
More or less intense straw yellow

Nose:
Intense, fine and elegant, white flower notes, dry fruit, almonds, pleasant mineral notes

Flavour:
Full, harmonic, fresh and sapid, well-balanced, pleasantfinish with mineral notes


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