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Wine of the Week – 7 September 2020
Campi Valerio 2016 ‘Opalia’ Tintilia del Molise
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In the small southern Italian region of Molise, a quiet resurgence of a near extinct grape is taking place. As is surprisingly common these days in Italy, vineyard focused winemakers are finding old forgotten varieties and cultivating them to discover wines lost to time.
Campi Valerio harvests their grapes from five single vineyards ranging from about 350m to 560m above sea level. There they farm this old variety Tintilia along with Montepulciano, Falanghina, and Sangiovese.
The wine is aged in stainless steel, new, and second use oak barrels for two years before being bottled. For those familiar with Italian wines, but unfamiliar with Tintilia, this wine could be compared to a Montepulciano inspired by the stylings of Chianti.
Dark fruits reminiscent of mulberry backed up by fine grained tannins and lightly smoky, cocoa notes – a fine wine to try if you haven’t had a good Tintilia lately.
-Joe Buchter, Import Wine Buyer