Deeply elegant bouquet of night scented flowers throwing up a perfume after a rain shower. Exquisitely poised palate where light melon mingles with a memory of yellow rose petals on a bed of tingly minerals. Fantastic finish complements the wine maker, the terroir and the vintage.
Can this really be from the slopes of a volcano in the searing summer heat of Southern Italy?
Fiano di Avellino 2008
Limpid with a light presence both in appearance and bouquet. A languid and thoughtful nature comes through with a lot of suggested heat and some cellophane elements on the nose. These all open out onto an amazingly ripe palate balanced well with a zinging acidity and very rich finish suggesting fish, salads and long, chatty lunches al fresco.
Straw like bouquet with definite hints of earth elements in a chalky and dusty sense. Big grapefruit and citric palate where fruit is allowed to ripen and blossom in the glass. This is expressive and joyful. This is showing off where others need to hide from the sunshine and heat. This finishes with a citric bang. Vesuvius smiling.
Vesevo also showed a fantastic 2007 Aglianico named Beneventano (€15.99) and an extraordinary (Hugh Johnson inspired) blend of grapes and regions called Edizione Cinque Atoctoni 2006 (€29.99)
There were brilliant Soave, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, (Oh and get to try the Franz Haas Pinot Nero sometime this lifetime), Trebbiano, (Yeah, I know a good trebb and no joke attached!), Malvasia Blanca, Verdicchio and others. Maybe next time someone asks me to try their Frascati I won't be predisposed to turn up my nose and remember the good old days.....and unlike Pompeii maybe I'll look forward to the good times coming around again.