Giovanni Ascione, whose childhood nickname was Nanni Copé, founded the Azienda Agricola Nanni Copé in 2007 in the upper region of Caserta, Campania where the sea is about thirty kilometres away, and the middle course of the Volturno river flows. Ascione’s whole agronomic philosophy is aimed at minimizing interventions. The use of herbicides or pesticides is utterly excluded. Meticulous record keeping is maintained on a vine-by-vine basis.
Scarrupata is a co-fermented blend of 85% Fiano, 12% Asprinio, 3% Pallagrello Bianco and 5% other white grapes. Macerated and then aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for three months before being transferred to 500-liter tonneau barrels and used barriques for around 12 months before aging a further eight months in the bottle.
“The wine has a golden, straw-yellow color and a lovely, complex aroma of acacia, eucalyptus, hazelnut and smoky nuances as well as notes of apricot, chamomile and citronella. The mouthfeel is full, wrapping and saline with an excellent acidic tension and an extraordinary persistence.”
“One of my favorite whites of the region, the Nanni Copè 2018 Polveri della Scarrupata is crystalline and pure, focused and sharp. It is a blend of 85% Fiano, 12% Asprinio and a touch of Pallagrello Bianco. The bouquet is unexpected with white licorice, crushed limestone and some volcanic tones. There’s a lot going on in the glass with apple, peach and a perfumed floral note. You’ll pick up lots of mineral sensations too. What a treat this release of 6,500 bottles is to drink. 2021-2026” – 93 points, Wine Advocate (Monica Larner), August 31, 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).”