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Terredora Falanghina Irpinia


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Terredora Falanghina Irpinia: 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 Terredora Falanghina Irpinia

The wine's full style is Terredora Dipaolo Falanghina Irpinia, wherein "Irpinia" is an appellation name (Denominazione di Origine Controllata). It is very widely available, and retails for anywhere from about $12 up to $16, averaging $14. Terredora is considered one of the three top Falanghina producers (along with Mastroberardino and Feudi San Gregorio), though there are now many such makers producing this again-fashionable wine type.

(Do not confuse this bottling with the Terredora Falanghina Campania, which is, however, a very nice wine.)


Terredora Falanghina Irpinia: Tasting Impressions

It is always distressing when we find our experiences with a wine to be notably different from those of other reviewers, but we can only write what we find. Maybe it's us, maybe it's the particular bottle we tried (be sure you've seen our notes on "bottle variation"), maybe many things. Anyway, we found this wine mildly pleasing at best.

The nose was minimal. On tasting, the first two impressions that come across are acidity and minerality; but that is not because either of those elements are really marked so much as it is that there is little else that presents itself at the outset.

Proceeding through the bottle, one does detect some of the honey/floral notes so often mentioned for Falanghina wines, but they are distinctly muted, quite pastel.

Our opinion is that this wine—if this was truly a representative bottle—does not work as a drink-alone; with some foods, especially things with medium-rich butter or cream sauces, it would do tolerably well, as it does have enough acidity and minerality to cut and balance the richness of such sauces (though against a massively rich sauce, it might falter).


Terredora Falanghina Irpinia: Other Opinions

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