San Salvatore Falanghina 2014
Wine: San Salvatore
My writer friend Autumn and I indulged with this beauty last week on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Marcello's Wine Bar on St. Charles Avenue. It's afternoons like this one, when lunch stretches over three hours, that the unjust self-employment tax is worth it. Well, almost. It was a warm afternoon near 80 degrees and we sat outside where we could watch the street car roll by, moving St. Patrick's Day tourists along their St. Charles tour. This lunch had long been overdue, as we've both been busy or sick or out of town. We celebrated well, with a house-made basil pasta topped with mussels and a parmesan cream sauce and the deliciously cold falanghina.
Falanghina is the principal white grape grown in the Campania region in southwest Italy, home to the city of Naples. It typically makes medium-bodied wines with good acidity and stone fruit flavors. The San Salvatore Falanghina 2014 comes from young vines organically grown, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, which allows for clean a expression of apricot and peach. The winery makes several wines on their 270 acre estate, 58 of which are dedicated to vines, with the remaining land planted with olive groves, fruit orchards, vegetable farming, woods and pasture for their 450 head of buffalo, which provide the cream for mozzarella di bufula.
It was the kind of day I look forward to again - hopefully sooner than later - but this wine I'd take any day of the week, with or without good company.