From the 100% Falanghina of the ancient Romans ("vinum album Phalanginum") is born the Falerno del Massico Bianco DOC of Villa Matilde. In the sixties, Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer and passionate expert of antique wines, becoming curious about the stories of Plinio and the verses of Virgilio, Marziale and Orazio on Vinum Falernum, decided to bring back the legendary disappeared wine, identifying the grape varieties that had given birth to Falerno in Roman times. Few strains, which survived miraculously to the devastation of the late 19th century phylloxera, were replanted with the help of some local farmers, right in the native land of Massico, where these grapes had once prospered. The process of winemaking of this white wine involves grapes criomaceration, in order to obtain a greater aromatic extraction and improved wine structure, followed by gentle pressing. The must is gravity-settled, then fermented at a controlled temperature of 50 - 54 F for about 20 days. Finally, the wine ages in steel for 3 months.

92 Points
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91 Points
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2018 vintage
Harvest Note
The harvest 2021 at Villa Matilde promises well thanks to quality-oriented agricultural practices and generally favorable climatic conditions. The 2021 vintage began with rather mild winter temperatures that lasted almost one degree above the seasonal averages until the beginning of March, with abundant rains. The persistence of temperatures just above average throughout May, June and the first half of July, and the prolonged absence of rain, slowed down the phytopathic pressure and allowed for good flowering and fruit set.In general, the climatic conditions have allowed a management of the vineyards without particular problems. The health of the grapes at harvest is exceptional and this is due to the absence of rains in the last two months before the harvest and consequently of mold. The harvest was postponed compared to 2020 to the second ten days of September starting with the sparkling wine bases, and ending in the first ten days of November with Aglianico del Taurasi. The quantities of grapes are slightly higher than in 2020 and the quality is in line with the company's quality objectives, aimed at high-quality productions
Tasting Note
This Falanghina has of straw yellow color. A deep and elegant bouquet offers hints of ripe fruits, including pineapple, banana, yellow peach, Williams' pear, broom and rose blossoms. On the palate, you will taste delicate notes of sage and vanilla, mixed with a slight hint of almonds. The balanced, velvety, rich and persistent flavor displays remarkable refinement and personality.
Food Pairing
This wine pairs well with non-fatty appetizers, fish in all its preparations, shellfish, soft and medium aged cheeses. Grilled white meat or stuffed poultry and vegetables: asparagus, chicory, radicchio and onion.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Falaghina
APPELLATION: Falerno del Massico DOP
PH: 3.35
ACIDITY: 5.6 g/l
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: Aged in steel tank for 3 months.
Unique Selling Points
  • Most famous wine in literature and history
  • Aged for 3 months in steel

About the Grape

Falanghina
Falanghina, is a variety of wine grape, Vitis vinifera, used for white wines. It is an ancient grape variety which may have provided a basis for the classical Falernian wine, and has considerable character.
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