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The Falanghina Grape


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About Falanghina

(Synonyms: Biancazita, Biancozita, Biancuzita, Falanchina, Falanchina Bianca, Falanghina Greco, Falanghina Verace, Falenghina, Falernina, Falerno Veronese, Fallanchina, Fallanghina, Folanghina, Montecalvo, Montellese, Uva Falerna.)

Background

Map showing the Campania region of Italy

Falanghina is a white-wine grape probably originating in the Campania region of Italy, which is still its home (though some would trace it all the way back to Greece). In recent times—say the last thirty years—Falanghina has soared back into popularity after a period of relative obscurity.

Falanghina makes wines of substantial body and some richness. It is not notably mineral or fruit-forward; rather, it is a soft, pleasing blend of floral and honeyed (but not sweet) flavors. The flavors and acidity are, in well-made specimens, elegantly balanced. It is interesting that some descriptions have it as a notably high-acid wine, while other reviewers describe it as soft and moderate to low in acid; presumably those are simply the results of different vinification methods. Not a few reviewers detect a faintly "salty" quality in Falanghina wines, especially those grown close to the coast; whether that is real or the power of suggestion is hard to say.

There are apparently two major strains of the Falanghina grape: that grown around Benevento, and that grown around the Campi Flegrei ("firefields", from being the slopes of extinct volcanos); the latter seems to be the more esteemed.

Factoid: Falanghina may have been one of the grapes used in the renowned wine of ancient Rome, Falernian.


Some Descriptions of Falanghina Wines


Some Falanghinas to Try

(About this list.)

Fortunately, there are scads of Falanghina wines now available in the U.S., with many fine examples at quite modest prices. Here are some of the more-often recommended.

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Mustilli "Sant'Agata dei Goti" Falanghina

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From the pioneering estate that first bottled Falanghina in 1979, this elegant wine opens with floral and fruit fragrances of white jasmine, tropical fruit and aromatic herbs. The delicious palate offers juicy white peach, pineapple, mango, nectarine and mineral alongside refreshing acidity. 90 points.

Bright straw. Banana, apple and fresh herbs on the nose. Simple and soft flavors of orchard fruit are complemented by a minty herbal nuance. The finish is long and clean... [Vinous, November 2016)

[Google-translated from Italian:] [T]his sip of Falanghina 2007, very well the confirmation of the glass stopper that I find the most expensive solution but at the same time exceptional for the white bells, comes in great dust, with a beautiful aromatic aroma of fruit, apple ripe, floral, Field herbs, to which the touch of minerality takes over that much to the terroir irpino. In the mouth it is crisp, fresh, structured, warm, good-drinking, a mature ripening step over 2006, a vintage annotation that, as Leonardo himself said, is surely extraordinary, with drought and at the same time with healthy and pompous grapes thanks to the September climate change that has put things in place. Still a great classic, in short, confirms an indispensable point of reference for anyone who wants to approach this extraordinary and generous vine.

Lots of ripe apple and pear, waxy citrus skins and a certain minerality. The palate is powerful and concentrated, lots of citrus and taut, mineral salts and acidity. Teasing glimpses of more juicy, nectarine-like ripeness, but that structure and concentrated weight is the driving force. 88 points.

Vibrant and savory, this linear white offers scents of ripe orchard fruit, white flower and a whiff of spice. The juicy palate doles out pear, apple, nectarine and mineral along with a note of ginger. 90 points; Top 100 Wines of 2016.

Made from Falanghina grapes in stainless steel, this wine has a splendid golden-yellow color and a broad and delicate bouquet of tropical fruit, citron and aromatic herbs. The mouthfeel is saline, nervous, taut and very persistent with a compact finish with notes of iodine. A wine that begs to be drunk.



Donnachiara Falanghina
(The name sometimes appears as "Donna Chiara", but the winery's own site has it as one word.)

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The wine is a dark golden color with an intense nose showing acacia, pear, apricot and candied citrus. The flavors on the palate follow the nose; the texture is unctuous and the acidity high. The finish is long and pretty.

Donna Chiara’s still Falanghina showed equally well, with even more of the characteristic minerality and acidity in evidence. It even displayed a touch of elegance. While that is not a common trait in Falanghina, which usually relies on a sort of straightforward friendliness and liveliness, I soon found out that elegance is a hallmark of all the Donna Chiara wines – most markedly the whites.

♣ Wine Spectator (29 February 2012), 88 points.

A hint of flint follows through to a core of ripe melon, lemon-lime and chalk flavors, with light underbrush notes filling in the finish.

Color: Bright deep gold. Nose: Mineral, Pear, green apple, hay, orange blossom. Palate: Full bodied, round. Slightly viscous. Tons of stone fruit, peach, apple flint and minerality (volcanic soil?). Ocean breeze, fresh grass, white flowers. . . Verdict: Awesome full bodied white wine bargain.

We tasted two Beneventano Falanghina IGTside by side: The 2011 and the 2009 [this in 2012]. . . [Winemaker Angelo Valentino ] wanted us to taste the wines side-by-side so we could see how the wine has developed with a few years of bottle age. He said that they were very good vintages. The color of the wine had changed and so did the flavors and aromas. The 2009 was more developed, its aromas and flavors of citrus fruit with hints of apricot and pear were riper and easier to identify. I had to agree with Angelo, I would rather drink the 2009.

Tropical fruit, banana, concentrated fruit squash with a rich and big structure. A little mineral stone character on the finish.

The soil in the vineyard is chalky clay and there are 2,500 vines per hectare. The training system is Guyot and the harvest takes place the first week of October. Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperature for 40 days. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation and does not see any wood. The wine is fresh with hints of citrus and floral aromas and flavors, good acidity, and is a very pleasant wine to drink.



. La Sibilla "Campi Flegrei" Falanghina
(This is their basic Falanghina; don't confuse it with their other, upmarket offerings.)

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If you love big, buttery Chardonnays you should definitely try this Falanghina. It’s a smooth rich wine that recalls the way some Chardonnays can fill up your mouth, but without all the oak that’s become so hard to get away from. Laced with subtle spice and pleasant vanilla aromas, it will stand up without a chill on a hot day if you’re in a rush or away from a refrigerator.

Brilliant straw. Quite ripe and with a nice spicy layer and hint of breadcrumb. Creamy - oak? Quite serious treatment. Full bodied, good length and pretty viscous.

Not my favorite — until I had it with sardines. This white grape grows in Campania, along the ocean, and it’s a magical beautiful thing, but the grape tastes like serious ocean — salty, minerally and seaweed-ish. So serve it with something that can stand up to all that salty flavor.

Here's a wine from an area of Campania known as the Campi Flegrei, a bit north and west of Naples. It's a volcanic terroir and the wine displays a distinctly stony, minerally character. It's clear in appearance and light straw in color. Dry and quite crisp on the palate, this is a wiry, light, tart, simple seafood white wine.

Intense straw. Soft sweet pear fruit and hints of lees. Easy drinking. Acidity turns up briefly on a chewy finish.

Falanghina from the boutique La Sibilla winery showed ripe fruit with minerals and smoked herb overtones.

Nose: floral with an herbaceous element, minerals. Palate: brisk acidity, seashells, light body.

La Sibilla–the source of well priced, minerally white wines from the Falanghina grape I’ve enjoyed for several years now . . . with plenty of complexity and minerality.



Villa Raiano Falanghina

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Delicately scented, this offers aromas of honeysuckle, citrus blossom and pear while the round, juicy palate doles out white peach, mature apple and Mediterranean herb. A hint of almond closes the clean, lingering finish. 89 points.

[Google-translated from Italian] The light is low, but the white cloth makes it possible to distinguish an intriguing straw yellow. The wine is a bit cold, it opens to the nose after a few minutes with reminiscent of yellow flowers and memories of exotic fruit, covered fairly quickly by a pronounced varietal minerality that is confirmed on the palate. In the mouth the wine is soft, sumptuous and, at the same time, of enveloping freshness and above all of ample sapidity and length. I hold it in my mouth for a few moments and feel a feeling of circularity in all areas of the palate. The olfactory taste match is precise and elegant.

A fragrant Falanghina, this opens with a bright flower aroma, followed by honey and peach notes. There are touches of citrus and spice on the finish. 87 points.

[Google-translated from Italian:] Light yellow straw and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. Nose: Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, opens with notes of pear, plum and hawthorn followed by aromas of apple, peach, citrus, pineapple and hazelnut. Palate: Fresh and balanced balance, good body, intense, pleasant flavor. Finish: Persistent finishing with pear, plum and pineapple memories.

Aromas convey pear, green apple and flint. The crisp palate delivers nectarine, Granny Smith apple, pineapple, mineral and tinge of Mediterranean herb. It's nicely balanced, with bright acidity. 89 points.

This gorgeous expression boasts an intense bouquet of stone fruit, flint and Mediterranean herbs. The juicy palate delivers concentrated peach, citrus and pink grapefruit flavors, accented by mineral and mint. It has structure, elegance and incredible energy. 92 points. [Wine Enthusiast


Villa Matilde "Rocca di Leoni" Falanghina
(Don';t confuse this "Rocca di Leoni" bottling with any of Villa Matilda's several other Falanghinas.)

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This Falanghina exhibits a medium yellow gold hue with, grapefruit, pear, and mineral aromas. It is delicate and flavorful on the palate with touches of cream and honey, and shows beautiful balance, with a long lasting finish. 89 points.

My glass of Villa Matilde Falanghina had a beautiful golden color, soft balanced acidity and a fruity flavor, with perhaps a hint of vanilla on the finish. It was served really cold, which was appreciated on that particularly hot day, but the temperature did not disguise the fresh delicious taste. I found a new wine to love…

One of my favourite white varieties, period. This fragrant Falaghina will seduce you with creamy fruit aromas such as peach stone, melon and quince over top rich honey, fine spice and lemon meringue. It has an oily weight and almost chewy palate, laden with beeswax, mineral and tangy citrus with a toasted core. Potent and succulent - a white wine to satisfy red wine drinkers!

88 points, begins with a lovely gradation of yellow colors, from pale at the core to bright lemon at the rim. This wine is floral and fruity. A light-plus body carries less acidity in an Italian white wine than I'm use to, but paired nicely with a sea-food medley. Flavors range from light citrus to more influential melon, but with an almost sour caramel after taste that finishes this wine

This delicately fragrant native white is one of the region’s oldest and noblest. Estate-grown at Rocca dei Leoni, it shows a fruity and floral bouquet of pineapple, yellow peach, roses and sage leaves confirmed on the palate, firm structure and well balanced components. Appealing and fresh, ideal with fish, white meat, soft cheeses.

Color: An attractive greenish yellow with a few large bubbles round the rim and at the bottom of the glass. Nose: Very attractive and quite well developed cocktail in white fruit and fowers with savoury herbs. Palate: Dry and aromatic with medium body, refreshing acidity and a pretty grapeyness in addition the aromas from the nose and more smiling charm than my memory of slightly sterner offerings of this grape from Feudi San Gregorio. A very nice wine to accompany a Mediterranean style fishy Spring salad; 15.5/20++.

The straw yellow in colour, the scent intense fruity and floral, with notes of banana, tropical fruit, white peach, and the savory taste and balanced, describe the typical traits of a lovely wine, fresh and light.

A wine that indeed smells and tastes fresh, bright, with a salty minerality you often get from wines produced near a coast. This was well paired with a warm crusty savory pastry dish, but would also be great with light salads and white fish dishes.

Falanghina Roccamonfina 2010 I.G.T. was a light yellow. The aroma was very fragrant with floral notes that changed to citrus. The taste was fruity with floral accents and yellow stone fruit. The finish was very crispy. This paired well with ham stuffed pasta. Caracci 2007 was aged in oak for six months. The color was a dark yellow. The aroma had yellow stone fruit and pineapple notes. Yellow stone fruit with a touch of caramel was on the taste. The finish was very crisp and long with caramel notes.



Terredora di Paolo Falanghina Campania
(They also bottle an Irpinia Falanghina, about as good and comparably priced.)

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The Terredora di Paolo 2008 version is 100% Falanghina; it has aromas of stone fruit, pear and a little banana. Flavors that come to the fore are apple, pear, pineapple and mineral, all wrapped up in a clean and crisp finish. Clams, mussels, shrimp and any firm white fish come to mind as great food match-ups. Or it's delightful to sip on its own.

Deep straw yellow in colour, with aromas of citrus and wet river stones. Apple, pineapple and lemon zest flavours abounded in the medium body whilst rich honey notes melted into a bitter almond finish. Well structured with a welcomed bright acidity, this is a fantastic glass that can be paired with a wide variety of pasta and seafood dishes, or enjoyed on its own.

♣ Wine Spectator (August 2008), 90 points, #59 2008 Top 100.

A vivid white, with peach. lemon, mineral and light honey. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Very delicious. Very good value as well.

When you get tired of the “same old, same old,” Italy is the place to go for wines with distinctive personalities. OK, so maybe it’s not so easy to pronounce the names of the wines, but it’s sure easy to drink ones like this made from the falanghina grape by the winery owned by Walter Mastroberardino and his children Lucio, Daniela and Paolo. They may be the largest vineyard owners and winery in the area, but they handle their wines with the attention and care of artisans. This one is made to emphasize the delectable peach, pineapple, pear and apple fruit buoyed by tangy acidity. Serve it with a creamy pasta.

From a top producer in the hills near Naples, this elegant, light-bodied white is simultaneously silky and lively, with subtle citrus, herbs and mineral flavours carried through to a crisp finish. Great for light seafood dishes.

Zingy citrus fruit aromas and flavours, mineral and flinty. Admirable, modern Italian white.

[It] was excellent and unusual. Just the sort of thing I was hoping for in an unfamiliar Italian white. Strong flavors, a little bit of almond and lemon and maybe minerality, typically Italian hint of bitterness, a nice smooth but not glyceriny feel in the mouth, a long finish. Surprisingly high in alcohol (14%) but able to stand up to it with concentration of flavor and freshness. Not something I would age, not super super complex, but not one-dimensional either. Great clarity of flavor, vigorous but pretty balanced. Not inexpensive but a very fair price for the quality...you are unlikely to get such concentrated flavor combined with balance, even elegance, for less.

As a grape, it is usually drunk relatively young. It is usually fermented in stainless steel and not aged in any oak. This Terredora Falanghina DOC Irpinia is no exception. It is crisp and fresh. It has a floral/mineral profile. I spoke about the proximity to sea a little while ago, and that is also important for what is paired successfully with this wine.... swordfish, mussels, buffalo mozzarella. Yum! I found this wine fresh and clean and bright with really delicate fruit aromas and smooth on the palate. Here's what I thought: color: pale straw; nose: quince, honey, orange blossom; palate: Meyer lemon, honey, kumquat. DELICIOUS!!

The Falanghina grape has been growing [in Campania] for the better part of 3,000 years; this one from the Mastroberardini family [who own Terradra] is racy and delicious, with no oak to get in the way of the crisp apple, quince, and orange peel flavours.

Color: medium yellow. Bouquet: apple, pineapple,, white flowers, lemon. Taste: medium body, rich aroma of fruits mainly green apple and pineapple, very nice minerality combined with lively acidity. Overall score: 84 . . . This is fresh medium bodied wine with zesty acidity and floral aroma and fruity taste. It [2007 vintage] is rather different than 2002 vintage we have tasted in autumn last year here. This one is more fresh and lively, 2002 vintage was more mineral and round and given the higher acidity it upheld it in the aging.



For a Splurge

While it's not hugely ahead of the wines listed above, one might go for the Marisa Cuomo "Ravello" Bianco Costa d'Amalfi.

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