benevento, campania

The hamlet of Montesarchio is famous in Benevento for housing particular ceramics dating back to the age of the Samnites. Many of the inserts have derived from graves of a Necropolis dating back to the fifth century B.C. The vineyards are all biologically cultivated and some vines are over 200 years old which has gathered the attention of the University of Naples. Professors and students from the University have built a campground at the vineyard of Masseria Frattasi to study these incredible vines. It has been testi_ed in the Court of Naples that the Cecere’s were already growing grapes and nourishing the lands of their vineyards in 1576 and never ceased this passion. In 1950 Don Antonio Cecere discovered the only surviving Falanghina grape from its original planting at the foot of Mt. Taburno and for this reason all the Falanghina Grapes of Masseria Frattasi are constituted as First choice Falanghina grapes.

falanghina taburno “falanghina di montagna”

50% Falanghina Bonea, 50% Falanghina Taburno Using cold-fermentation and then partial malolactic fermentation the aging takes place in stainless steel for three months and then in bottle for 6. Straw yellow with greenish re_ections, aromas of ripe pear, _oral notes of gelomino on a bed of straw. Full and juicy in its minerality on the palate, fresh and great persistence.

Case 12 : $264.00

falanghina “donnalaura”

50% Falanghina Bonea, 50% Falanghina Varone Donnalaura is the emblem to the birthplace of Falanghina, Montesarchio. This Falanghina showcases two biotypes, one a biotrytis effected Falanghina grape picked in December and the other Falanghina Bonea. Laura is the grandmother of Pasquale, the owner of the winery. Aged for six months in wood followed by three months in stainless steel and refinement in the bottle. The colour is a honeyed yellow with an alcohol presence of 14%. Scents of flowers and long pear, according to the citation of Luca Maroni, who has honoured the Donnalaura as the best white wine of Italy in the guide directory of the best wines of Italy.

Case 6 : $240.00

fiano di montagna

Fiano di Montagna is typical of the area and terroir , surrounded by incredibly old trees on the slopes of Mount Taburno with the culmination of 10 nearby volcanoes. A wine much more famous and historical than the internationally recognized Fiano di Avellino. Pasquale’s vineayrds unlike those in Irpinia (Avellino) enjoy much greater exposure to the cold winds of Taburno.

Case 6 : $132.00

greco di alta collina

Grown in a vineyard as Pasquale says “a 100m from a crow’s fly from the Avellino DOCG, but more importantly the vines testify as the oldest of the varieties mentioned by Pliny. Pasquale grows terroir driven wines, he sacrifices denominations for history, marketing for truth and sensory appeal for terroir.

Case 6 : $132.00

sauvignon blanc “svg920”

The highest grown Sauvignon Blanc in Italy grown at 920m above sea level is simply incredible as everything else that Pasquale produces. Grapes are softly pressed in the absence of oxygen. Aged completely in stainless steel and refined in bottle. The cold high altitude wines of Taburno bring out nuances unlike many Sauvignon Blanc’s you have had before, as Pasquale calls it, this is extreme mountain wine.

Case 6 : $180.00

aglianico beneventano “caudium”

Caudium was the capital of Sannio, with a sanctuary that still occupies the current fortified acropolis with a castle by the Lombards. The cultivation of the vine dates back to the Cretan period, about 3,500 years ago. The soils are varied, limestone and marble, sandstone and marl, clay and stone materials. Aglianico is the oldest vine in the greek world. A wine of the people, for the people.

Case 12 : $264.00

aglianico del taburno “iovi tonant”

Iovi Tonant which translates to Thundering Jupiter is the name Pasquale had to use in describing Aglianico Taburno in all its glory. Dedicated to the limestone rocks of the temple of Caudium which is now present day Montesarchio. A wine demonstrating all the purity of Aglianico as described by Pasquale, and it could not be otherwise, for such a unique , powerful and ancient varietal. Aged in large barrique and refined in bottle for another 2 years. An iron fist in a velvet glove.

Case 6 : $360.00

aglianico del taburno appasimento “kapnios”

The Kapnios, a wine quoted by Plato (The University) and Pliny (Naturalis Historia) is the first dried grape wine noted in history (todays modern Amarone). The name derives from the Greek “Kapnios” which translates to “smoked”. The vine from which the Samnites produced these wines was known as Caburnica, todays Cabernet which was present in Campania three millennia ago. The drying of the grapes in the sun produces the smoky taste, hence the Greek name for smoke. Picked by hand on the second week of November, the grapes are then left to dry in in an open pergola style housing where they are clipped vertically and hung in rows. They are then aged in new French oak barriques for 24 months and one year in bottle.

Case 6 : $390.00

cabernet sauvignon “kylyx”

Translated from Corriere del Mezzogiorno December, 2018: “The best red wine on the market at the moment, and one of the best in Italy. Certainly the Kylyx 2015, Cabernet Sauvignon of Masseria Frattasi, does not have the history and the experienced continuity of Sassicaia. Only a thousand pieces. This is the debut. The wine was born in a vineyard planted in Grotta Macerana, between Montesarchio and Bonea. Land, steep (from 550 to 400 meters above sea level), mainly of sandstone, facing East. As the patron of the company Pasquale Clemente swears, a long-time journalist increasingly identified with the winemaker's clothes, it will be produced only in the years in which the results of the chemical analyzes will outline the profile of the "perfect wine". Which, of course, does not exist. We therefore hope that he will "settle" to bottle it when its value is equal to this. Of very dark ruby color, even bluish, of extraordinary consistency, it strikes the nose with elegant fragrances of cassis in jam, of other small berries, of precious spices and incense. It is only the aromatic core destined to evolve, in the glass, into a much more articulated bouquet. Imagine the progress that will reach in the bottle over the years. it has the fabric of great wines. It softens the palate, conquers it with its persuasive softness, and stretches itself plastically thanks to its sustained freshness. The tannins, expertly extracted, ensure their projection over time. Superior wine from roasted red meats. Over time it will also become perfect for game.

Case 6 : $450.00

capri rosso

Years in the making, literally. Pasquale has finally won his almost decade old fight by achieving the very first DOC Capri Rosso. This wine is a gem, velvety and powerful, juciy yet so serious. The grapes grown on the steep terraces of Capri are harvested in small boxes of 15kg. After a careful selection and de-stemming, the pressed grapes are left to ferment in new chesnut vats, for 6-8 months. The use of chesnut barriques is a traditional wine aging method for the area, utilizing the famous chesnut trees of Avellino.

Case 6 : $750.00 ** Only 30 cases available per year.

moscato di baselice passito

The prized Moscato di Baselice passito is absolute beauty in a bottle. This is sweet mountain wine at its pinnacle. Hand picked at 1000m (3000ft) altitude, this is the highest of all of Pasquale’s vineyards which includes the highest grown Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in Italy at over 800 and 900m. The botrytis effected Moscato grapes are hand picked carefully in bunches and sorted through methodically. From the approximate 40 tons picked only 2 barrels are produced. Golden yellow with honey reflections. The nose reveals aromas of ripe apricot, floral notes of ripe fruit on a broom background. On the palate it is full and juicy in its minerality, fresh, with a long persistence.

Case 6 : $300.00

grappa di falanghina donnalaura

This small batch grappa is distilled from the skins of their famous 30% botrytis effected Falanghina “Donnalaura”. For many it’s a revelation, similar to our Rossi D’Angera “Amandola” grappa, its like finding Grappa for the first time again, but now understanding the difference. Pasquale created this grappa as a passion project, only producing 500 bottles every year for family, friends and visitors to the winery, that being said I feel very fortunate to have the ability to reserve a fifth of his production to share with my family, friends and select.

Case 6 : $600.00 ** Only 20 cases available per year.