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Ocone "Flora" Falanghina Taburno


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Ocone "Flora" Falanghina Taburno: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Ocone "Flora" Falanghina Taburno

This is a Falanghina from the Taburno area within the Sannio appellation. According to Ian D'Agata's book Native Wine Grapes of Italy, there are at least two genetically distinct Falanghinas; this one is presumably of the Falanghina Flegrea sort, which reputedly tend to be less complex but more fruity than the Falanghina Beneventana sort.

Ocone "Flora" Falanghina is fermented in stainless steel, and sees no wood. It comes in at 13% alcohol, strong for a white. It does not seem to be widely available—which is weird, considering all the write-ups it gets; prices, where it can be found, run from $19 to $20.


Ocone "Flora" Falanghina Taburno: Tasting Impressions

We thought this a very pleasing wine. It showed a medium to full body with mild but sufficient acidity. It is really all about minerality: we found very little fruit or flower in either the nose or the taste, but boy was that minerality there, and it makes for a distinctive, one might even say exciting, wine.

The one drawback is that the flavors are easily dominated by food tastes; this is thus not an especially good choice as a food wine. But as a wine to be drunk on its own, with due attention paid to what one is drinking (that is, not a casual apéritif), it is highly rewarding. Well recommended.


Ocone "Flora" Falanghina Taburno: Other Opinions

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