Follow-Fridays: Villa Matilde from Campania

Cecubo

Often I taste wines in on occasion or another, write copious notes and plan my posts about them only to let 12 months go by before I actually end up writing anything, hence the title, follow-up Fridays. When not writing about Women in Wine, I will be dedicating Fridays to following up on posts that are long overdue. I was first introduced to Villa Matilde at a Vinitaly tasting some years ago. I first wrote about them at the beginning of my indigenous grape variety series in 2009. I have met the members of the family during Vinitaly and they are all quite passionate about their wines and the history behind them. Apparently, their father set out to recreate wines that were drunk in antiquity, Falernum, in the Monte Massico area.

Falerno

In addition to the Falerno Bianco, made from Falanghina and the Falerno Rosso, made from Aglianico and Piedirosso, they make a host of really interesting, intense and opulent wines that I thoroughly enjoyed. The wine in the picture Cecubo is made from 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso and is made without using sulfites. I also tried their Vigna Camarato 2007 pictured below, also a blend.

Vigna Camarato

It was a beautiful and elegant wine with spice and fine tannins on the palate. I remember drinking it in the middle of Vinitaly and wishing I could be tasting it at dinner rather than at a stand. Maybe this year. If you are going to Vinitaly, definitely stop by their stand, the wines are well worth the wait to try to get near the tables.

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