Falerno del Massico Rosso Vigna Camarato DOP

Francesco Paolo Avallone founded Villa Matilde in the early 1960s. A lawyer by profession, his passionate interest in the classics led him to investigate a 3,000-year-old wine favored by ancient Roman poets and emperors: the “immortal Falerno.” His decade-long quest led to the development of prime clones of Aglianico, Piedirosso and Falanghina. Today, twenty original clones of the three varieties are trademarked by Villa Matilde, and Francesco Paolo’s son and daughter, Salvatore “Tani” and Maria Ida Avallone, continue their father’s legacy. Villa Matilde extends four properties, two within the Falerno del Massico DOC appellation (province of Caserta): and two in the Benevento and Avellino provinces. The Avallones have also reached an enviable goal: zero greenhouse gas emissions on all properties.

The principal Villa Matilde locations (San Castrese and Parco Nuovo) extend 110 hectares (272 acres), with 70 hectares (173 acres) under vine, and are exceptionally fortunate, boasting volcanic, mineral-rich hills facing the Mediterranean sun and the sea, sheltered on three sides by the Massico mountain range. Its vicinity to the sea combined with this mountainous ring means ideal ventilation, cool nights and warm days, and maximum sun exposure, right up to late October. The soil is mixed, with areas rich in potassium and phosphorus, volcanic soils with abundant, characteristic microelements, and tuff.

A wine that carries great responsibility. In the Georgics, Virgil wrote: Nec cellis ideo contende Falernis, which loosely translates to: Not even this can compete with Falerno.
Villa Matilde, greatly impassioned by the history of wine in this area, strives for that historic excellence written about by the greatest scholars. This version features 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso from one of the estate’s oldest hillside vineyards on the slopes of the extinct volcano of Roccamonfina at an altitude of 150 meters (492 feet) above sea level; exclusively issued in the finest years.
The Camarato vineyard was planted in 1986 on volcanic soil with excellent levels of phosphorus and potassium. The grapes are scrupulously selected by hand, and soft-pressed previous to skin maceration on its lees for twenty to twenty-five days. This is followed by malolactic fermentation in Allier oak barrique, where it ages twelve to eighteen months; one-third of the barrique is new, one-third is second use, and one third is third-use. Finally, the wine ages twelve to eighteen months in bottle. Deep, dark crimson red; intense, complex, elegant; voluptuous, lingering palate characterized by silky tannins, magnificent structure and great harmony. Can be cellared for fifteen to twenty years.


Wine exported to

Australia, Canada

Grape Varieties:

80% Aglianico, 20% Piedirosso

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

20-25 days

Type of yeast:

Selected

Fermentation temperature:

25 °C (77 °F)

Maceration technique:

Gently pressed, the must ferments on the skins

Length of maceration:

20-25 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Barrique

Container size:

225 liters

Container age:

One-third of barrique are new, one-third are second use and one-third are third use

Type of oak:

Allier

Aging before bottling:

12-18 months

Aging in bottle:

12-18 months

Closure:

Natural cork

Organic:

No

Vineyard name:

Vigna Camarato

Vineyard location:

From one of the estate’s oldest hillside vineyards on the slopes of the extinct volcano of Roccamonfina, Campania

Soil composition:

Volcanic soil with excellent levels of phosphorus, potassium and microelements

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

140 meters (460 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

3,500 vines per hectare

Yield:

2,800 litres per hectare

Exposure:

Various

Years planted:

1968

Age of vines:

30 years old

Time of harvest:

Late October

First vintage of this wine:

1981

Total yearly production (in bottles):

6,000

Tasting notes:

Deep, dark crimson red in color. The bouquet is very intense, complex, elegant and persistent with dominant notes of dark berries, pepper, chocolate, coffee, licorice and vanilla. The palate is luscious, voluptuous and lingering, with silky tannins, magnificent structure and great harmony.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Seafood risotto, egg pasta

Aging potential:

15-20 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont. 14% by volume; dry extract: 37,2 g/L; total acidity: 5,4 g/L; residual sugar: 0,9 g/L; pH: 3.59

Winemaker:

Riccardo Cotarella