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De Lucia La Posta Falanghina 2013

ID No: 441964
Country:Italy
Region:Campania
Winery:DeLucia
Grape Type:Falanghina
Vintage:2013
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Tasting Notes: The wine‘s deep color is underscored by plummy hues. A complex nose shows deep, fruity aromas with hints of licorice and roasted coffee. Endowed with a dense and silky tannic structure, this is a full, fleshy wine that provides an ample and generous palate. Its lasting finish speaks of considerable ageing potential.




Reviews:

Deep in color, the espresso, licorice, smoke and flint, paired with layers of juicy, ripe fresh, red fruits show up with ease. On the palate, the wine offers richness, density, purity of fruit, herbs, crushed stones and a wall of ripe, lushly textured, dark red berries. This will age quite nicely.The Wine Cellar Insider 97 Points

Sun-baked garrigue and smoky notes of iron and earth accent intensely ripe black cherry and cassis in this wine. Made from 100% Syrah, it's a hulking powerhouse of black-fruit flavors but finessed by firm acidity and fine, integrated tannins. Stunning already it should improve through 2036 and hold further -Wine Enthusiast 97 Points


Bright purple. Powerful cherry, cassis, potpourri, exotic spice and olive qualities on the highly perfumed, complex nose. Sweet and energetic on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black and blue fruit preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that unfold steadily with aeration. In a powerful but energetic style and quite primary now. Aeration brings up smoky bacon and floral pastille qualities that carry through the strikingly long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind sweet dark and floral notes. -Vinous 95 Points

Alluring, with warm fruitcake and black tea aromatics leading off for a lush and warm core of crushed plum, cherry reduction and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors. Despite the showy fruit detail, there's a solid iron underpinning, with pretty floral notes and bright energy throughout. Best from 2023 through 2038. 300 cases made, 188 cases imported.  -Wine Spectator 96 Points

Overview

This very ancient region dates back to the Roman Era and is located on the right bank of the Rhône. It is said that during the Middle Ages, “The Seigneur de Maugiron” gave a hillside to each of his two daughters - one was brunette and the other fair - thus, were born the names of “Côte Brune” and “Côte Blonde.” Wines from the Côte Blonde tend to be more delicate and lighter in character than the fuller wines of the Côte Brune. Together, they make a wine of style and substance. This cuvée is a vineyard plot selection. The grapes come exclusively from a plot within the named slope of “La Landonne.”

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Winemaking

The steep, terraced hillsides along the river produce wines that are among the "biggest" reds of France. The Delas Côte-Rôtie is primarily Syrah with an addition of up to 10 to 20% of Viognier grapes in the crop. The soils of the northern part of the Côte Brune vineyard consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of ferruginous mica schists which are covered with schist sand (arzel). The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation. The area has dry, hot summers with regular rainfalls during other seasons. The grapes for the “La Landonne” cuvée are picked by hand at maximum maturity. Fermentation takes place in traditional open-topped concrete tanks, following three days of pre-fermentation cold maceration. Before fermentation, the maceration process continues under controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F. Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days with total vatting time of up to 20 days. The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in new or one year old oak casks. The barrels are topped up regularly.


Tasting Notes

The wine‘s deep color is underscored by plummy hues. A complex nose shows deep, fruity aromas with hints of licorice and roasted coffee. Endowed with a dense and silky tannic structure, this is a full, fleshy wine that provides an ample and generous palate. Its lasting finish speaks of considerable ageing potential.


Food Pairing

This wine pairs wonderfully with fine meats, roasted beef, water games, truffles and spicy stews. The bottle should be opened 1 to 3 hours before drinking. This wine needs at least 3 years cellaring before it can open up its complexity. In such case it is strongly recommended to decant before serving.

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 95 Wine Enthusiast: 97 Wine Spectator: 96 97 Points
Product Description

De Lucia La Posta Falanghina 2013 is 100% Falanghina

Winemaker Carlo de Lucia carefully selects the Falanghina grapes for this superb wine. As soon as the grapes are harvested and selected, they are immediately transferred in the cellar, where, after a first soft press, the must is left to ferment at controlled temperature (16-18° C). Fining takes place in stainless steel tanks until the following spring, then the wine is bottled, where it completes its maturation.


Enticing bouquet of lemon blossoms and wild yellow broom, complete with ripe apricots and the taste is rich and mouth-filling. Good structure and a long aromatic finish. Deep expression of Falanghina with a golden color and aromas of peach, pear and banana. The wine offers creamy richness and plenty of fruit-driven flavors to keep it interesting, glass after glass.

 


Review:

A tense, golden wine, this buzzes with honeysuckle and mint scents over succulent, peach-rich fruit. The underside of acidity keeps it tight and focused on food, particularly fresh summer salads like crab with mango and cilentro."

Wine & Spirits Magazine (Year's Best / Southern Italy, June 2015), 91 pts

Winery: DeLucia

The DeLucia Estate
Benevento Sannio is an ancient land, very rich in history. Since Samnites times, this area has held an important strategic role in the region's economic and social life, thanks in part to the area's mountainous configuration.
The winery is located in a village called Guardia Sanframodi, in the province of Benevento (40 miles Northeast of Naples). The town lies at 428 meters above sea level and overlooks the Valley of the Calore River

The DeLucia Vineyard
Winemaker Carlo De Lucia has taken on the area's agricultural traditions of using modern systems to produce wines of a superior quality, obtained from the selection of the best grapes, rich in flavors and tastes of this ancient land. In the early 90’s, he built a new cellar and began planting new vineyards in Guyot – this meant a lower grape production, but higher quality wines.

Above all, he concentrates on the two native grape varieties with the best potential: Falanghina for the white grapes, and Aglianico for a small part of the red ones. The wine estate stretches over about 12 hectares of specialized vineyards, which benefit from the perfect micro-climate occurring from the Apennines Mountains and the air currents coming from the near sea.

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