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.

Harvest Note
The 2015 harvest had abundant rainfall throughout the region leading to good accumulation of water reserves in the land. The not-too-hot spring was characterized by lowering of temperature which led to a late budding, longer blooming while the setting was completed regularly. Summer was characterized by very high average temperatures. At Villa Matilde in both Roccamonfina and Pietrafusa areas, diseases attacks were not recorded, thus obtaining sound and healthy grape. 2015 can therefore be awarded as a vintage to remember of excellent quality and quantity.
Tasting Note
Showing a deep red, its intense, rich bouquet is brimming with fragrant sweet violets, wild black berryfruit, cherry, blackberry, and raspberry. The palate is full-volumed, elegant, and finely balanced in all its component.
Food Pairing
Oysters, lobster or any seafood-based dishes.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 80% Aglianico, 20% Piedirosso
PH: 3.61
ACIDITY: 5.6 g/L
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: 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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