2016 MICHELE ALOIS "CAIATI" PALLAGRELLO BIANCO
From the volcanic, mineral-rich soils of a natural ampitheater at the foothills of the Caiatini Mountains in Pontelatone, northeast of Naples in the province of Caserta in Campania. Pallagrello Bianco became a prized wine under the 18th century Bourbon King Ferdinand IV. Today, it is planted on the rich volcanic, mineral soils of the Alois estate. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel followed by more than a month on the lees to add complexity and richness. A rare, unique and complex white for a range of dishes, Meditteranean to the more exotic.
Wine Spectator: "A savory wine, displaying blanched almond, beeswax and underbrush notes to the moderate star fruit and melon. Grapefruit notes on the long finish."
About: The Alois family originally developed a reputation as quality silk producers in the 1800s during the reign of the Bourbon King of Naples, Ferdinand IV. The family’s fabric adorns famous walls around the world including the Italian Parliament, the White House and the Louvre Museum. In 1992, Michele and his son Massimo Alois partnered up with the University of Naples in a quest to rediscover the ancient varieties of the Romans and Bourbons popular during the Bourbon era of Southern Italy in the 1800s. They grafted pre-phylloxera cuttings of Casavecchia, Pallagrello Nero and Pallagrello Bianco onto the estate’s wild rootstocks and ultimately revived the popularity of these quasi forgotten varieties. (Winery)
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