Thursday, May 31, 2007

2003 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo: it's almost summer!

You may have heard of the Feudi di San Gregorio estate. It is widely regarded as one of Italy's most progressive wineries. Established in 1986 in Irpinia, a wine region in Campania, not far from Mount Vesuvio, it is now renowned for its modern style wines from indigenous ancient varietals such as Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina, Greco di Tufo, and Aglianico.

Legend has it that Greco di Tufo was brought to Italy by the first Greek settlers. It is one of Campania's oldest varieties as attested by the discovery of a fresco at Pompeii with the following inscription: “You are truly cold, Bytis, made of ice, if last night not even Greco wine could warm you up.”

The 2003 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo has a bright golden color and a discreet honeyed nose with herbaceous aromas. On the palate, it is dry, fresh, and well balanced with a light finish. It's a fine summer white but if I remember well, the Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino seemed to me more aromatic and complex. I also had the opportunity to taste the Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina and in my opinion, it's as good as the Greco di Tufo, although slightly cheaper, therefore a better value.

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1 comment:

Marcus said...

These Italian grapes do make think summer is here.

I want to explore them more this year. Fiano di Avellino is nice -- the last one I had was reminiscent of Viogner -- aromatic and complex.

Greco di Tufo is next on my list.