Recently, I shared my favourite Fiano, Petilia, with the Vera community to thunderous applause. Well, Josh was starting to feel left out. So here is his, Ciro Picariello. Devastatingly rare, we have secured a small amount of all four white cuvées this year and can't wait to share them with you.
We have had previous vintages of the Fiano d'Avellino, this year it is of stark contrast to the Petilia Ape; it is elegant and lithe with green apple, citrus, dried herb and almond aromas, and a smokey, struck match touch that builds interest and complexity. The other cuvées include their young vine Fiano, Irpinia, that comes from their home vineyard, a Greco di Tufo and a Falanghina.
"Fiano wines age well in general, but Picariello’s especially so; should you find an eight- or ten-year-old bottle languishing on some restaurant wine list (unlikely in Italy), don’t hesitate to try it." Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
These are wines that age gracefully, as Antonio Galloni puts it, so for those who collect these will only improve. However, they are perfectly delectable now and you won't be disappointed if you open one this afternoon.