Viticoltori De Conciliis Falanghina
PRODUCER: Located in the relatively uncharted Cilento zone on the Campania coast. From high-altitude vineyards looking out toward the Mediterranean, Bruno DeConciliis specializes in full-bodied, fruit-forward wines from aglianico, which, in the relatively hot climate of the Cilento, makes wines that are a little more accessible than young wines from Taurasi.
Philosophy: The first thing is to respect nature, respect the land. This means the lowest possible use of chemicals and a move to organic and then biodynamic viticulture. The second thing is to respect the culture of the area – what Bruno De Conciliis calls “the rhythm of life”. Every area expresses its own material culture – not only what people eat and drink, but the local relationship of humans to the earth. The third thing is to respect the people who do the work. De Conciliis is located in one of the poorest areas of Campania. Part of their effort is to re-hire workers, pay them a real wage, and guarantee them year-round work.
Vineyard methods: De Conciliis is moving everything to organic viticulture and in the future plans to move to biodynamic viticulture. All harvesting is done manually.
WINEMAKING: After the grapes are harvested, they go to pressing. Then, the must goes through the fermentation process for 20 days. Later, the must is refined in stainless steel tanks for 6 months. Then, the wine is bottled and aged for 3 months prior to its release.
TASTING NOTES: An intensely mineral wine with ripe pear and peach flavours, a little tropical on the palate. Smoky and intense. A long finish with a hint of fennel, sage, and almond skin.