It’s Day 25 of CorkEnvy’s Twenty-Wine Days of February, but Day 2 of the 2012 Virginia Wine Expo. The Rib and I sampled some nice Virginia wines last night and are looking forward to sampling even more over the course of 8 hours this afternoon. As I like to say from time to time, “it’s good to be me!”
2009 Cantina del Taburno Falanghina, Campania, Italy
Falanghina (pronounced ‘FA-lan-GHEE-nah‘) is an ancient native grape of Campania, Italy that has been used to make wine for a day or two. It’s not the most recognizable varietal on the shelf (if it’s even on the shelf), but it can be a nice white alternative if you’re feeling adventurous. Since The Rib and I are always feeling adventurous, we popped and poured this 2009 with dinner.
On the nose, mostly citrus notes came through in the form of lemongrass, followed closely by fairly strong honey. There was a slight mineral quality to this one out of the bottle as well, which became more prominent as the wine warmed a bit.
The palate brought the lemon and honey big time—think a Hall’s cough drop without the medicine or that “special tea” your grandmother made you drink when you were sick as a kid (I say “special” because mine was always punched up with a splash of rye whiskey…). The acid on the Taburno was firm and tart with a pleasant “pucker factor.” Comforting mineral notes came through on the mid-palate, which followed through to the fairly long finish. A half hour out of the fridge, the citrus became more prominent with some wonderful grapefruit and lime notes that reminded me a bit of Starburst candy and gave this wine a slight effervescent quality. Despite the heavy citrus, the honey remained throughout the bottle, which gave this wine an almost “creamy” factor that was pleasant, but not overbearing like so many over-oaked, buttery Chardonnays.
We paired the Taburno Falanghina with stuffed flounder (more truck meat, please!). The acid on the wine balanced the creaminess of the deviled crab stuffing on the flounder. I would absolutely pop the cork on another bottle of this wine (read will) to pair with a creamy seafood dish (I’m thinking shrimp scampi) or simply a creamy cheese on the patio in the spring/summer.
The Cantina del Taburno Falanghina is an excellent, easy drinking white alternative and a good value at around $15 per bottle. Put this one on your list and give it a try!
Cheers from the 2012 Virginia Wine Expo,