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We will tell you about the vintages from 1999 to the present day. We believe in the strength of Falerno del Massico and in the potential of our territory. We start the story from 1999, when we started to fix notes and impressions on our notebooks.

In 1999 we are joined by an oenologist consultant. For us, a different path begins, the will to seriously bottle all our production prevails. With dr. Nicola Trabucco – also a beginner – we begin to experiment with a new way of making wine: first of all total use of steel in the cellar, then malolactic conversion into barrique.

Let’s start from the vineyards: those of the great-grandparents between 80/90 years and 40 years those planted by my father. We will look no longer at the quantitative profile, but at the qualitative one. The first 1,500 bottles are bottled thanks to a fairly hot vintage, with few temperature changes.

The 1999 vintage is clean and undamaged. The color of the wine is dark and complex, impenetrable. For the first time we will experience the use of the barrique (mitigated over time). The olfactory profile is sweetly balsamic. Marasca cherry, undergrowth, plum and pepper are the taste sensations

The 2000 vintage was similar to ’99 and the wine follows the qualitative imprint of the previous one. The summer was warmer and drier in the beginning, then in the second part it was compensated by a greater temperature range. Just before the harvest a long period of rain determines the result.

The idea is to express the fruit and the roasting of the barrique (from 6 months we pass to 1 year of aging). The wine is more powerful on the nose and more complex on the palate. Good alcohol content but also with an important acidity.

Hot and dry year. Few temperature variations. It rains in the summer. The rain is concentrated in a few scattered days and does no harm. Harvest between mid and late September.

We move from a vine grown as alberello (free standing bush) supported by wire with double-crossed pruning to two new experiments for our territory: the guyot and the spurred cordon (then preferring the first one at the end).

The harvest is beautiful and the grapes are perfect. The wine follows this natural climatic trend, it is certainly one of the best tests done with Nicola Trabucco.

During tasting the wine is dark red, intense. On the nose, an initial strawberry then gives way to blueberries, cherries and blackberries. The toasting of the barriques in allier and never French oak corresponds to a typical primitivo sweetness made of jam and herbaceous scents. Pairing with mixed grilled meats and aged cheeses.

2002 was a difficult vintage Rainy after a hot spring. Especially in the second part of the summer, heavy rainfall will mark the grapes. We will be forced to make a large manual sorting during the harvest. But then the wine changes our expectations.

A new winemaker joins us, who from Umbria arrives for the first time in Campania. Dr Maurilio Chioccia will prove himself with this difficult vintage. The wine is agile and lean, less alcoholic than previous years, but it is impenetrable bright red. The aromas, hidden at the start, open on long and persistent red fruit notes, undergrowth, spicy notes of licorice and coffee. The character is vinous in the early years of evolution then disappears and leaves room for berries and a fragrant finish with soft and velvety tannins.

Recommended on mixed roasts.

Great vintage 2003. It is an exceptionally hot year. No rain in spring and until mid-September. Harvest starting from August 25th. The vineyard is now totally Guyot-grown, a natural consequence of the historic alberello (free standing bush)

The grapes will be slightly dried on the plant. The wine has a powerful fruit, initially strawberry and cherry then blackberry, lots of plum, all wrapped in balsamic hints, of candied fruit that only the remarkable mineral load can balance.

Dark ruby with subtle garnet strokes. The glycerine consistency of the wine is appreciable on sight. A unique wine in its unmistakable identity. Tasting we find the territory and the variety, the volcanic soil, the southern exposure of the Massico, the winds of the sea that give softness which corresponds to a freshness that cleans the palate.

In the mouth it is concentrated, pulpy, powerful, with balsamic notes and an endless finish of resin and dark chocolate. Pairing with roasted red meats, game and aged cheeses.

Complex vintage. A rainy and humid spring. It also rains a lot in June.

The dry and sunny summer prevents the grapes from ripening in the usual period, also due to the repeated temperature changes in the evening of even 8 degrees. Sporadic hailstorms in late August and the rains will force us to a maniacal selection of the bunches. Late harvest, starts in late September.

The result is an austere wine of 14 degrees reached with tenacity, a complex and deep wine.

The ruby is dense, but bright. Dense, mineral perfume ending in leather, spices, coffee.

Less palat structure, very elegant. It holds the years well and is naturally destined to age.

A good year apart from the anomalous initial heat and an intense hailstorm in June which destroys a potential of 20%.

Summer characterized by warm days and cool, breezy evenings. Second part of the summer with a good amount of rainfall, which postpones the harvest for a few days.

Wine that appears already mature with less fruit sensations, but with dried rose and a more evident spicy / mineral charge. The tasting begins with a complex chromatic fabric, from bright ruby red to purple edge.

The glycerine consistency of the wine is appreciable on sight. A unique wine in its unmistakable identity. Clean nose with hints of dried roses; then blackberry, strawberry, black cherry, aloe, prickly pear, berry jam and a finish of spices. Tasting we find the territory and a softness which corresponds to an explosion of well-balanced freshness. The tasting is concentrated, refined, pulpy, round, persistent. It is ready now but can be tasted again in a few years.

2006 is climatically complex. Start of the heart-pounding with anticipation of intense heat in May, abnormal cold between late May and early June, ten days of intense rain and light hailstorms that do not harm, however. Cold out of season. We will be lucky enough to collect the first grapes from a new vineyard planted in 2002 in S. Maria Boccadoro at about 280 meters. s.l.m.

This adaptability of the grapes to the various conditions is certainly a gift from the earth. Different nuances due to the different vintages and different variations due to the terroir. In tasting: power, mineral, the quality level is high.

In the glass the robe is deep, it turns to an impenetrable intense ruby red. Expressive nose of dried plum and black cherry, wild fennel, black cherries and graphite notes. Agile, powerful and muscular, but he marvels at his readiness and balsamic finish. We jealously keep a few bottles in the tuff caves at 13 meters. of depth, under the patronal house.

Perfect pairing with stuffed guinea fowl in the oven.

Abnormal climate. Warm winter and rainy spring accelerate the vegetative process of the plant. No rain since late May. The first ten days of June, cool enough, then the beginning of intense heat outside the norm that touches record peaks, little the temperature range. A lot of humidity in late August.

Early maturation of about 15 days. However, a great wine will come out: clean, clean, warm, harmonious. The bright red color that denotes freshness is suggestive. The tasting proceeds without hesitation. Clear and evident aromas of red fruit, withered flowers, graphite, explosion of ripe fruit in spirit: black cherries and plums, currants. balanced and precise acidity, more nervous in the early years. Condition absolutely necessary to support the evolution in the bottle. Overall, therefore, it represents a predisposition for long aging. We have tried it after years and it keeps time very well.

Recommended on braised and aged cheeses.

Average rainy winter with hot / mild summer and fairly muggy / hot September.

The ripening of the grapes proceeds with constancy and decision. Harvest in mid-September, the grapes are healthy.

The wine stands on full 15 degrees, is full, harmonious, tastes of ripe red fruit, is ready to drink immediately. It is not as complex as 2007, but it is well supported by freshness and silky tannins. There are clear complex spices, graphite, berries.

Excellent pairing with baked pasta, Neapolitan ragù, red meats, game.

Average rainy spring with mild temperatures.

A condition that caused the vines to germinate a dozen days earlier than the 2008 vintage, this advance was maintained even in the subsequent vegetative stages.

Average drought and rainy summer, with resumption of rain on 10 September in alternating weeks. Given the small quantity of grapes we decide not to let Campantuono come out, giving space to the second label, the daughter of younger vineyards: Conclave

The wine is the result of the long permanence of the grapes on the plant, which thus allowed a complete maturation. This leads today to taste a declaredly young wine, which however has all the aromatic characteristics.

Tasting it, 2009 seems to recommend a few more years before trying to uncork a few more bottles of the same year. The herbaceous notes predominate and give a clear sign of the willingness of this wine to develop full maturity in the bottle over the years.

We recommend pairing it with game, hare, well-aged cheeses.

The 2010 winter season was particularly humid and rainy with average temperatures.

Subsequently, spring was also particularly humid and rainy with temperatures in line with those of the climatic period.

In summer and in the first ten days of September the sun and the high temperatures were not lacking, animated however by fresh winds during the evening and interspersed with some drizzle. In September the rains led to an extension of the ripening times in traditionally later areas and in the plains.

Healthy grapes allowed to keep the grapes on the plant for a long time. Harvest around 12/14 September.

The wine is elegant with an impenetrable purple color. The nose opens with aromas of undergrowth and smoked then hints of tobacco and pepper, withered flowers, graphite, morello cherry, cinnamon, pipe tobacco.

We find notes of ripe black cherries, plum, tobacco and leather on the palate. Very long finish tempered by thick silky tannins and bitter cocoa.

Pairing with baked pork rib.

In 2011 only the second label was released: Conclave.

Assembly of grapes from different vineyards, over the years it takes on a personal connotation that brings it closer and closer to its older brother: Campantuono

Wonderful summer, sunny, warm to be harvested in early September even if winter, spring and early summer were very rainy, especially in mid-June. The rain will be absent from mid-July until September.

The temperature rises in mid-August and will remain very high and muggy until 25 September, resulting in an optimal temperature range with the inevitable nighttime drop.

The harvest starts on September 7th. The wet trend of the second decade of August makes the integrity of the skins less easy and for this reason the grapes are carefully selected. Thermal excursions contribute to define elegance and balance.

It is a dark, dense red, with a youthful expression contained on the most extreme edge. The scents are clean, balsamic, incisive and complex. It is revealed in its variants during oxygenation in the glass. With each approach it is increasingly complex. Long and lively, the tasting never tires. Sour cherry and plum are always present together with a hint of herbs and fine spices.

Mild winter until early February, when an exceptional wave of frost hits all of Europe and makes it snow slightly for us too. Winter finish rather dry even if cold. Hot March. Biting cold April. May rainy and cool. Unstable weather in June On 20 June the heat breaks out.

Summer is hot muggy but also rainy and unstable, very unstable. Such a complex year in terms of climate leads to a slightly late harvest to allow the correct ripening of the grapes. Large sorting in the vineyard, the yield is low at around 40%.

We prefer to go out again only with the CONCLAVE label. Harvest in two stages: 8/9/10 September and then 19/25 September, due to the rains.

The wine that will come out will give great satisfaction, the tight work in the vineyard is noticeable and the slight over-maturation of the last cuts can be felt.

The color of the CONCLAVE 2012 is the same as always: deep red, but with a garnet rim.

Wide aromatic panorama that goes from the berries to the balsamic notes of the resin with spicy peaks and vegetable presence, after being oxygenated in the glass a lot of candied fruit, oriental spices, date. Soft at the right point, inevitable herbaceous note, typical in fresh vintages, backbone useful for maintaining the youth of the wine.

The vintage of the 2013 harvest is marked by a climatic season dominated by rains: winter, spring and summer.

We arrive in mid-July with a significant reduction in the load of grapes, although not as important as the previous year.

Fortunately August is hot, the grapes were able to benefit from the sun to concentrate the sugars in an optimal way. The wine evolves quickly in the bottle, giving beautiful sensations to each new taste.

The main feature is the expressive and aromatic ease mainly oriented on the scents of red berried fruits with aromatic intrusions in the fresh and balsamic undergrowth.

This vintage stands out for its bursting body, an indication of the ability of good aging. Fruits and spices are well balanced, the full body prevails which gives depth.

The 2014 vintage is also marked by rain.

Although winter is mild in temperatures, it is not as mild in rainfall which is persistent and consistent especially throughout the growing season, in spring and also in summer.

The beginning of August will mark a break allowing the correct ripening of the grapes. We go down into the vineyard over and over again to manage grapes and vegetation in order to make the most of the available solar energy, with a patient care of the plants.

We harvest in late September with an important selection of grapes. In spite of the rainy season, the 2014 wine presents itself at the first tastings warm, sunny, rich and granite in its consistency. The pulpy and black fruits are those of the forest with balsamic / herbaceous and menthol notes.

The balance between the acid / tannic and the soft / fruity components of his body is fascinating. Long persistence, elegant aftertaste.

It can be paired with mixed meats, grilled meats, lamb, aged cheeses.

The 2015 vintage is characterized by particularly intense heat in July and low rainfall.

An optimal climate for producing healthy, clean, crunchy grapes. Campantuono returns and a dense and compact garnet red appears at the edge of the impenetrable. The richness of the olfactory notes is highlighted by discovering in its variations at each step in the glass.

The aroma is classic, rich in matter. Alcohol for the first time stands at 17.5 degrees, the total dry extract is terrific. The nose is full of elegant notes of black cherry, withered flowers, sub-spirit, black cherry jam, orange peel.

On the palate the sensation is of a textured, pulpy, rich wine. Fresh notes represented by elegant acidity create the structure of this sumptuous wine to better balance its harmony.

Despite its youth (it has been wine for ten years and more of aging), the balance shown is remarkable. The very long final gustatory sensations are satisfying and satisfying.

A great wine for strong and demanding palates. Matching with Conciato Romano (an ancient and traditional strong cheese)

The 2016 vintage is already to be framed as a great vintage, even if it does not start very well.

A cold winter and a rainy spring brought about a first development. A comparison can be the 2015 vintage, but this is much more impressive because of greater balance. Summer is initially hot, but subsequently changes and rain and humidity arrive which compromise some berries. This is a disadvantaged start, difficult to face for those who – like us – always want to preserve the fruit. Harvest in two stages: starts in mid-September with careful and obsessive selection of the grapes, first the turgids then the partially dried.

The result is a wine with an intense and impenetrable color, vivid and brilliant. The nose is opulent, powerful, blueberry juice, plum jam and mineral trail, bay leaf, green tea and earthy echoes.

On the palate it shows an impressive gustatory progression, which combines material and glycerine roundness and flashes of freshness, with a marked alcohol content.

Persistence is very long both on the nose and on the mouth.

Dark chocolate on the finish. A great wine, the son of a great job in the vineyard. Pairing with lamb, game, braised meat, conciato romano (an ancient and traditional strong cheese).

The 2017 vintage closes the circle of the 3 super vintages: 2015/2016/2017. Another great vintage.

A harsh winter, a balanced spring and a torrid summer contributed to a calm harvest without problems.

The healthy, crunchy and slightly dried grapes have created a muscular wine, which we have been used to drinking in recent years. Large amount of glycerine, alcohol, great structure. The wine is black, swirls proudly in the glass, is material and leaves a pulpy tear. The nose is clean smells of cinnamon, blood orange, concentrated fruits, black cherries in alcohol, dates, figs, currants, blueberry and blackberry jam, dark and juicy cherry. In the mouth it is balanced as never before.

Glycerin, softness, freshness and tannin are blended well together and flood the mouth in a balanced way, like a powerful but precise pedal stroke. Very long ending A wine that can be forgotten for years in the cellar and opened on a great occasion.

Recommended pairing: still young with red meats and first courses such as Neapolitan ragù, after a few years: lamb, braised meat, very mature cheeses.

Definitely a difficult year.

Winter, rainy and almost mild in the first part, from January arrives overwhelmingly, giving snow down to low altitudes. The vineyards are tinged with white, a rare event in our area!

Spring opens mild, balanced in the first part, with an anomalous second part and on average rainy. So too is the summer which seems to be in climatic equilibrium, but then turns into humid and rainy.
The Rains accompany us until the end of August and a good part of September, fundamental months for our harvests, which will give concentration and balance to our first corporate white called MEMORIAE, but will scratch the red berried grapes which will collapse and consequently the harvest will be below average.

The harvests continue – following the weather – and so we move the heart of the harvest to the end of September. Great is the selection and sorting of the grapes. Yield below 40%. Some vineyards will produce about 20 quintals of grapes per hectare, but luckily the new plants will give a lot of help.

The wines. Let’s try both wines just over 2 years after the harvest.

CONCLAVE: it is clear in color, appears bright purple red, quite shiny and impenetrable with an equally bright edge; the nose begins with aromas of date then balsamic, almost sulphurous puffs, we recognize the wax, white butter, again fruit aromas with cedar peels, blood orange, bergamot, on the finish again dates in jam. On the palate the sensation that of a wine that is still young but already velvety and rightly fresh / savory, produces succulence in the mouth. Definitely a medium / long aging wine.

CAMPANTUONO: a poetic wine for us, proud of the tenacity in keeping the grapes up to perfect ripeness, risking the whole harvest due to the rain. The wine has an almost black color, impenetrable with a dark and shiny red rim. The nose is intense, complex, spicy, fruity with blueberry juice, dates, figs, tobacco, licorice root and red plums. In the mouth it is powerful with its 16 degrees that relax well in red fruit. A concentrate of spices, one of the most balanced Campantuono ever. Enjoyable immediately, but better if left in the cellar for several years.

The 2019 vintage will be remembered among the great vintages.
Balance shifted to power.

Climate: A mild and moderately rainy winter; slightly cooler January and February, even if rainy, herald an anomalous climate.
The following spring and summer are very hot and drought will be the real leitmotif.
Final result: Hot, torrid harvest with operations starting on August 28th and ending in mid-September. Very healthy grapes, in some areas overripe more than usual. Lower than average wine yield (below 58%) denotes very high extracts and powerful wines, it is a challenge for us.
Lots of fruit in the glass, followed by jam and sweet spices.

Conclave and Campantuono release power and elegance. High alcohol content but with extraordinary control.

Perfect pairing: braised meats or aged cheeses.
Perfect wines even at the end of a meal.