RKS Wine: The Penniless Pensioner in Naples: I am worried!

After his engagement with Celine Serpent seemed to implode PP seems to have become a bit unhinged. He was put on tranquilizers by his therapist. And I receive an e-mail from him saying he is in Naples negotiating some cheese importation deal. I hope he knows who he is dealing with as when last in Naples the Mafia was big on counterfeit cheese and illegal dumping of garbage which you could see in the countryside here and there. PP narrowly managed a takedown in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme and his offshore Panamanian bank accounts are sure bait for the Canada Revenue Agency to accuse him of tax fraud.

Well, while having dinner at Naples’s down home and perhaps best restaurant Umberto’s he had some Il Poggio Taburno Falanghina Del Sannio and asked if I could review it and let the good people of Canada know about it. He said Luca Maroni rated it a 95 and James Suckling a 92. So the next day a couple of men in silk suits driving a Maserati dropped off a case of the wine “for my troubles”. I got the impression if I didn’t like it I might suffer some fractures to my legs…..just a joke they laughed.

Deep fried Campanian vegetables with Arancini: Photo Robert K. Stephen

So under no pressure at all I try this Campanian wine. It is grown in volcanic soils so I am expecting something special!

It is light gold in colour. Very direct and clean in your face aromas of guava, lime, lemon and pineapple. This cleanliness is an advantage of wine fermented and aged in stainless steel. On the palate equally clean with precise minerality all clear as a bell. On the palate green apple and pear. There is nothing fancy or flashy about the wine. The best I can describe it would be clean and pure. Unlike red wines grown in volcanic soil there are no coal or petrol notes to the wine.

It has a short finish.

I rub my legs. I think they will remain intact but what about PP all alone in Napoli? I feel he is a little fish in a very big pond!

Speaking of fish this would be great for simply grilled white ocean fish or a plate of deep-fried Campanian vegetables or calamari.

(Il Poggio Taburno Falanghina del Sannio 2018 DOP. Il,Poggio di Fusco Carmine, Torrecuso, Italy, $16.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 17695, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 92/100)

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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