|Coda di Volpe||Campania||2008|
The ancient Coda di Volpe grape is native to Italy's Campania region, and this delightful find has good structure with clean, explosive flavors. On the nose you'll notice scents of dried fruits, almond and under-ripe pineapple. It's full-bodied yet crisp with flavors of tart lemon zest, melon and grapefruit. This is an elegant white wine, stark and powerful and perfect for a weekend lunch.
Apricot, lemon custard, peach pit, mango, yellow plum, green olive and bitter almond.
Campania is better known for the popular destinations of Naples, the Amalfi coast and Pompeii than it is for wine. The region is particularly passionate about their ancient varietals, and the vineyards on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius are increasingly planted to Aglianico, Fiano and Greco, reflecting how they may have looked in antiquity. The Cotroneo family bought their farm at the turn of the last century but had not given the wine operations much focus until the last decade. A major restoration of the property was completed in 1998, and the plan to become a leading producer in the region with state-of-the-art winemaking is well under way.
This is a rich, ethereal wine on both the bouquet and on the palate. To complement and not overpower the wine, try my Lemon-Baked Sea Bass with Spinach Salad. The citrus attributes in the wine will work wonderfully alongside the fragrant lemon and sweet spinach in this simple yet elegant dish.
The Coda di Volpe grape was named by the ancient scribe Pliny, who thought the vine's elongated bunches looked like foxes' tails.
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