2018 Antonio Mazzella Forastera, Ischia, Campania, Italy

2018 Antonio Mazzella Forastera, Ischia, Campania, Italy

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Description

First time imported to the US market.  Only seven cases for California.. Introducing the rare Forastera variety from the tiny volcanic island of Ischia, an little known piece of paradise about 20 miles off the Bay of Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea

Three generations, a past full of sacrifices and commitment, this is the history of the Antonio Mazzella wineries. Founded by Nicola in 1940 and expanded and perfected by Antonio, son of the founder.  The “vertical vineyards” are perched on the southern side of the island of Ischia at about 150 meters above the ocean level.  Farming and cultivation of the vineyards is only possible by accessing ancient paths by foot, which make the care of the vines and manual harvest even more difficult..   But with time and the constant commitment of the Mazzella family, these arid and abandoned areas have become flourishing and productive.  Even the crushing and pressing of grapes are done by hand.

Very fresh, and fuller bodied than I first imagined.  A flinty minerality in the slightly herb tinged aromas reminiscent of Pouilly Fume (Sauvignon Blanc).  Sapid citrus pith across the palate with a long persist finish.  Perfect with linguini and clams.

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