Ciro Picariello Fiano Irpinia DOC 2022
The Irpinia Fiano is a declassified version of Fiano di Avellino from estate-bottled fruit, made from younger vines in Summonte and Montefredane. It shows essentially the same characteristics as the DOCG, but with less dramatic mineral and stoney notes. This base level Fiano is perfect for immediate drinking and by-the-glass.
Region: Campania, Italy
Appellation: Irpinia DOC
Grapes: 100% Fiano
Farming: Practicing organic
Age of vines: Planted between 2012 and 2018
Altitude, Aspect, & Soil Type: 650 M, SE Facing, Clay/loam/silt
Typical Harvest Time: Late October
Maceration & Fermentation: Controlled low temperature fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 6 months in stainless steel, on the lees, followed by 3 months in bottle
Finishing: Cold stabilized. No fining or filtration
Production: 12,000 bottles annually
Notes from Oliver:
Campania is my favorite white wine region of Italy, and Ciro Picariello is one of the reasons why. Ciro practices very low-intervention grape growing and winemaking: organic viticulture, spontaneous fermentation, minimal SO2 usage, no fining or filtration. This is an extremely ‘natural’ and therefore risky winemaking process for a white wine, but Ciro knows what he’s doing, and every vintage I have tasted is both expressive and clean.