I Favati is a perpetual Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri winner, including this wine which received the coveted Tre Bicchieri award in the 2022 Gambero Rosso edition. This is the first bottling and release of the Pietramara Etichetta Bianca Riserva! Extremely limited, the importer allocated only 20 six packs for California.
The I Favati winery represents the end product of a family’s passion and tradition that began by making wines for its own table dating back to the early 1900s. The modern I Favati winery was built in 1998 and is located in Cesinale, a town surrounded by the hilly areas near the heart of Irpinia (east of Naples, in the region of Campania). Irpinia’s unique, indigenous grape varieties make up all of I Favati’s vineyards, which benefit from a perfect exposition to the sun and the volcanic tufo soils.
Fiano di Avellino DOCG was first produced in 2000. The Fiano takes its name from the variety that the Latins called Vitis Apiana. The grapes were so sweet that they proved irresistible to bees (“api”). The wine, which was already highly appreciated in the Middle Ages, originated several millennia ago. An order for three “salme” (a measure) of Fiano is entered in the register of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. Charles d’Anjou must have enjoyed the wine as well, since he had 16,000 Fiano vines planted in the royal vineyards.
Etichetta Bianca is a selection from of riper, later picked Fiano grapes from the estates higher elevated vineyards. It is fermented in a cool temperature controlled stainless steel tank and matured on the lees until late Spring. The wine is then transferred to used barrique oak barrels for extended refinement.
“Rosanna Petrozziello runs the winery together with Piersabino and Giancarlo Favati. This proud women with an Irpinian soul tends her vineyards on the southern side of the Sabato river, where calcareous clay soils make for a full-bodied-expressive wines. Their fame has been established over the years with Pietramara, the Fiano cru in Atripalda, where the cool climate meets soils rich in minerals and sulphur…..a white made complete by the way it perfectly balances structure and acidity; in the mouth it has the usual sapid pluck and juicy yellow fruit, expanding with class and finesse.” – Tre Bicchieri – Gambero Rosso 2021
“The 2018 Fiano Etichetta Bianca Riserva captivates the senses and the intellect with a bouquet that keeps you coming back again and again. A constantly evolving mix of candied lime, gingerly spice, incense, shavings of pine, roasted almonds, crushed green apples and curry leaf emanates up from the glass. It’s incredibly deep and rich on the palate, perfectly offset by salty minerals that saturate the brisk acids that keep the expression fresh. Orchard fruits dominate, mixed with sour melon, under an air of tropical florals that linger throughout the long and dramatic finale. All the while, you can sense the 2018’s structural heft beneath, promising many years of positive development. This is already a ”wow” wine today, but it will only get better with time. Frankly speaking, Etichetta Bianca Riserva ranks amongst the best white wines being made in Italy today. 2023-2030.” – 95 points, Vinous (Eric Guido) October 2021.
“If there’s one thing that sets Campania apart from all others, it’s the volcanic arc that forms its landscape and soils. Campania’s geography consists of 50% hills, 35% mountains and only 15% plains. Throughout the hills and up onto the lower slopes of both volcanos and mountains, we find the vineyards. These vines are growing at high elevations, from 400 to 600 meters and up, even when close to the sea, and the soils that we generalize as “volcanic” are a diverse mix of rocks, ash, sands, clays and minerals that have been deposited here over the course of many millennia. From Mount Roccamonfina on the northeastern coast of Caserta, to Mount Epomeo on the island of Ischia off the coast of Napoli, and the still-active Mount Vesuvius across the Gulf of Naples, which last erupted only in 1944, Campania is a land of volcanos. Now, add the various mountains that run down and along the Campanian Apennines, intersecting the region from top to bottom. Suddenly, the unique landscape of Campania becomes apparent. The grapes that grow in these landscapes are every bit as diverse, (Eric Guido, Vinous).”