Tenuta Vicario 2011 Fiano di Avellino

Fiano di Avellino DOCG, Italy; 13% ABV
estate bottled by Grotta del Sole at Tenuta Vicario, Tufo, Italy
imported by Vintelligence of Jericho, NY
$8 at the Geary Street, San Francisco, store on 20 Jan

2011_Vicario_FianoDiAvellinoI didn’t know where in Italy Avellino is when I picked this up.  Had I known that it’s in Campania in southern Italy, given that the 2011 Coli Chianti (north of Campania) was rather simple because of hot weather, I would likely not have bought it.  However, that vintage report said that quickly ripening varietals like Fiano (and many other whites) were not affected by the heat, and indeed this wine is quite good.

At first, this wine was heavy and woody, tasting like it might even be a little oxidized.  However, after about 50 minutes of intermittent sampling from the bottle in the fridge, this opened up to become much more nuanced and lighter flavored, although still a little viscous.  It gives flavors of yellow apple, non-perfumed white and green pears, white table grape, mild white flowers, still a little more oak than I might prefer, and some bitterness of white grape skin and blanched almonds.  This wine is probably not available in many locations, but if you find it, I recommend it.

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