Falerno del Massico Rosso DOP is obtained from 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso grapes harvested after careful selection in the hilly vineyards of San Castrese estate, on the slopes of Roccamonfina volcano, in the province of Caserta. Red Falerno's winemaking process involves a first destemming of the grapes, followed by must maceration at a temperature between 77 - 79 °F for about 20-25 days. During fermentation, daily pumping over and delestages are carried out and at the end of alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, 50% of the wine is aged in Allier barriques (new for one third) and the remaining 50% ages in traditional Slavonian oak barrels for a period of 10-12 months. Before being on the market, the wine undergoes a further period of refinement in the bottle. “Nec cellis ideo contende Falernis”, wrote Virgil in his Georgics: Don’t try to outdo Falernum.

91 Points
2018 vintage
Harvest Note
In spring, budding began in an optimal manner, slightly delayed compared to the previous year. In June, the rains gave some respite, favoring a flowering that took place regularly and in a rather short time. The constant heat and the absence of rain in the last ten days of July then favored a recovery of the phenological phases of the vine. The months of September and October, although marked by some short storms, gave warm sunny days, the plants did not go into water stress and allowed a slow and gradual ripening of the grapes, bringing harvest times back to the classic periods. The strong temperature range of the last few weeks has slowed down the course of maturation, favoring the synthesis of the primary aromas and the precursors of the secondary ones and preserving very fresh acidity, ideal for the production of the Classic method, the Charmat method and whites in general. For the white varieties, a good quality level was manifested, with some points of excellent. The aromatic profiles are very interesting and the taste profiles are rather slender, with lively freshness. The harvest of the red grapes was characterized by a lot of heterogeneity, which required careful selection and the first analytical tests showed wines that were less concentrated, fresher and with a good olfactory intensity.
Tasting Note
Showing a deep red, its intense, rich bouquet is brimming with fragrant sweet violets, wild black berry fruit, cherry, blackberry, and raspberry. The palate is full-volumed, elegant, and finely balanced in all its component.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with oysters, lobster or any seafood-based dishes.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 80% Aglianico, 20% Piedirosso
APPELLATION: Falerno del Massico DOP
PH: 3.61
ACIDITY: 5.6 g/l
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: Aged 12 months, half in Allier oak small barrels, half in large Slavonian oak casks. Followed by a long maturation in bottle.
Unique Selling Points
  • Most famous wine in literature and history
  • Aged for 12 months, 1/2 in oak barrique and the other 1/2 in Slovanian casks

About the Grape

Aglianico is a black grape grown in the southern regions of Italy, mostly Basilicata and Campania. The vine originated in Greece and was brought to the south of Italy by Greek settlers
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