Mastroberardino’s Falanghina del Sannio 2018

Having been on a private tour with winemaker, Antonio Capone, from Mastroberardino of several Mastroberardino vineyards in Vesuvius in the Greater Naples area I doubt I will ever forget their name. On occasion we receive a smattering of their wines at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

The latest is a Falanghina Del Sannio from within the Campanian region of Italy. It is more platinum than gold in colour. On the nose Honeydew melon, Fiorella pear, tangerine and apricot. On the palate it is not like so many Italian whites that are flinty and flighty. My initial sensation is that this is closer to a more full-bodied character. The acids are subdued to the extent I can say this is a pleasant sipping wine. Notes of guava, pear and cactus pear with a short finish. In the LCBO Vintages catalogue Alison Napjus of Wine Spectator calls this wine “light and crisp”. I am puzzled by this comment. This wine is in the middle of being full bodied and light and crisp. This wine would suit a plethora of chicken dishes or for vegetarians Braised White Beans and Greens with Parmesan. Here is the recipe

I would add at the end palate there is a brief bit of diluteness that makes the wine particularly thirst quenching.

(Mastroberardino Falanghina Del Sannio 2018, Mastroberardino, Atripalda, Italy $ 20.95, LCBO # 562173, 750 mL, 12.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 91/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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