Wine Wednesday: Villa Matilde Cecubo Roccamonfina IGP

Cecubo

I wrote this post some years ago but I thought I would repost it because they make wines from Roccamonfina IGP, the third area in the Alto Casertano that I wanted to mention. The Roccamonfina is an extinct Volcano. The area has been an IGT since 1995. The wines are made from Aglianico, Piedirosso, and Primitivo for the reds and Falanghina is the prinicipal variety used in the whites.

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. Despite that and the wait at their stand, the wines are well worth it.

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