Montevetrano Sylvia Imperato

Sylvia Imperato of Montevetrano

To visit Montevetrano is always a treat: Sylvia Imperato is so passionate about her wines that it is infectious.

Montevetrano is a little over 20 years old. It started as a whimsey: Sylvia is a professional photographer and some friends started a wine club in the 1980s and she fell in love with wine. She started making a wine that she served only to friends and they (and Robert Parker) encouraged her to make more. And so began the great story of a wine that has garnered a 3 Bicchieri award every year since its inception, with the exception of the 2016 award selections.

Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo '07

Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo ’07

Over lunch, we tasted the Core, which is only the 2nd wine they produce from 100% aglianico, a soft, easy to drink wine with character.

Then we were served the 2005, 2009 and the 2011. Sylvia’s favorite is the ’05 because it was such a difficult vintage. Montevetrano is a blend of mostly cabernet, with aglianico and a bit of merlot.

Our next visit was to the granddaddy of Campania wineries: Mastroberardino in Atripaldo, near Avellino. We tasted the ’07 Greco di Tufo and the 2011 Fiano di Avellino, both with a deep golden hue. The grandfather used to suggest not drinking his white wines until they were 20 years old. That may not suit everyone but no one can say the wines lack character.

We finished with the 2011 Radici, their flagship Taurasi made from aglianico. This is a superb red wine with grip and taste of cherries.

Both visits were a great intro to Campania and tomorrow we head to Paestum.

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