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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wines of the Times
Eric Asimov

Tapping Into the Potential of Falanghina

Wines worth citing: the 2013 D’Orta & De Conciliis Beneventano Falanghina, a joint project of the always-interesting Bruno De Conciliis, who is better known for making wines in southern Campania.

While the the tasting raised questions, it did not diminish my interest in falanghina. Well-made wine from good producers are absolutely worth seeking out on wine lists and in retail shops. They are great values and for the most part can fill that spot on the bottom of the list that may otherwise go to insipid pinot grigios and the like.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wines of the Times

Eric Asimov

A Revival of Italian Whites

The only other bottle from outside the Avellino zone to make our top 10 was the most unusual wine in the tasting, the 2004 Antece from De Conciliis, also from Paestum. Aside from being an older wine, the Antece, indicating it is made in the style of the ancestors, is fermented with the grape skins, as would be the case with a red wine, and then is aged in big barrels with the lees. The result is a spicy golden wine with aromas of coconut and honey and a pleasing, raspy texture, not at all typical of fiano but enjoyable nonetheless.

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Campania Conquers!

Unearthing of an Ancient Wine Region

A three star rating went to 1999 Naima, rich Aglianico from Bruno De Conciliis’s mountainous vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean in the southernmost Campania zone, Cilento.  “Finesse,” was Mr. Asimov’s reading, Jazz enthusiasts will recognize “Naima” as a John Coltrane composition.

De Conciliis Naima 1999

Spicy and chuncky but with finesse, Asimov said. Horvath termed it complex and delicious. Prial found complexity.

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