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2006 Terre del Principe Casavecchia Centomoggia

A Casavecchia Dry Red Table wine from Campania, Italy,

Review by

WA

 

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2007 Terre del Principe Pallagrello Bianco Fontanavigna

A Pallagrello Bianco Dry White Table wine from Campania, Italy,

Review by

WA

Rating: 89

Drink 2009 - 2012

Cost: $34

The 2007 Pallagrello Bianco Fontanavigna is a crisp, delicious white to enjoy over the next few

years. The wine reveals compelling inner sweetness and tons of personality in its green apples, mint

and minerals. This single-vineyard selection was aged in stainless steel. Anticipated maturity: 2009-

2012. Proprietor Peppe Mancini co-founded the Vestini Campagnano winery, but left in 2003 to

pursue his own project, Terra del Principe. Mancini is largely responsible for the resurgence of

interest in three of Campania's indigenous varieties; Pallagrello Bianco, Pallagrello Nero and

Casavecchia, ancient grapes that were once prized by prior generations but were allowed to lapse

into obscurity. Mancini's first career was the law, but he and his wife Manuela Piancastelli, a

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respected local journalist, seem to have found their true calling in these hillside vineyards in the

province of Caserta. Terra del Principe works with roughly eleven hectares of vineyards and

consulting oenologist Luigi Moio oversees winemaking. Terre del Principe is a young property, but

these new releases are extremely promising. I highly encourage readers to seek these beautiful

wines out. Importer: Vias Imports, New York, NY; tel. (212) 629-0200

2007 Terre del Principe Pallagrello Bianco le Serole

A Pallagrello Bianco Dry White Table wine from Campania, Italy,

Review by

WA

Rating: 89

Drink 2009 - 2012

Cost: $46

The 2007 Pallagrello Bianco Le Serole is aged in French oak, which gives the wine an additional

measure of plumpness and generosity. A full bodied white, it possesses notable clarity in its ripe

tropical fruits, smoke and sweet oak. I have a slight preference for the steel-aged Pallagrello Bianco,

but both versions are excellent. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012. Proprietor Peppe Mancini cofounded

the Vestini Campagnano winery, but left in 2003 to pursue his own project, Terra del

Principe. Mancini is largely responsible for the resurgence of interest in three of Campania's

indigenous varieties; Pallagrello Bianco, Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia, ancient grapes that were

once prized by prior generations but were allowed to lapse into obscurity. Mancini's first career was

the law, but he and his wife Manuela Piancastelli, a respected local journalist, seem to have found

their true calling in these hillside vineyards in the province of Caserta. Terra del Principe works with

roughly eleven hectares of vineyards and consulting oenologist Luigi Moio oversees winemaking.

Terre del Principe is a young property, but these new releases are extremely promising. I highly

encourage readers to seek these beautiful wines out. Importer: Vias Imports, New York, NY; tel.

(212) 629-0200

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2006 Terre del Principe Pallagrello Nero Ambruco

A Pallagrello Nero Dry Red Table wine from Campania, Italy,

Review by

WA

Rating: 90

Drink 2009 - 2018

Cost: $54

The estate's 2006 Pallagrello Nero Ambruco is a dark beauty endowed with tons of charm in its softtextured

black fruit, earthiness, menthol and sweet herbs. This mysterious, sensual wine has

something timeless and alluring in its inner sweetness that is impossible to ignore, but also hard to

fully describe. Suggestions of licorice and tar linger on the long finish. The Ambruco is a gem from

this emerging producer. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018. Proprietor Peppe Mancini co-founded the

Vestini Campagnano winery, but left in 2003 to pursue his own project, Terra del Principe. Mancini is

largely responsible for the resurgence of interest in three of Campania's indigenous varieties;

Pallagrello Bianco, Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia, ancient grapes that were once prized by prior

generations but were allowed to lapse into obscurity. Mancini's first career was the law, but he and

his wife Manuela Piancastelli, a respected local journalist, seem to have found their true calling in

these hillside vineyards in the province of Caserta. Terra del Principe works with roughly eleven

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hectares of vineyards and consulting oenologist Luigi Moio oversees winemaking. Terre del Principe

is a young property, but these new releases are extremely promising. I highly encourage readers to

seek these beautiful wines out. Importer: Vias Imports, New York, NY; tel. (212) 629-0200

2005 Terre del Principe Vigna Piancastelli (Pallagrello Casavecchia)

A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Campania, Italy,

Review by

WA

Rating: 92

Drink 2010 - 2020

Cost: $74

The 2005 Vigna Piancastelli (70% Pallagrello Nero, 30% Casavecchia) is made in a late-harvest

style where a portion of the grapes are allowed to dry slightly on the vine prior to being harvested.

The wine is then aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months prior to being bottled. To be sure,

style speaks more eloquently than varietal character in this sumptuous, extroverted offering, but it is

impossible not to be seduced by the wine's sheer personality and complexity. The sweetness here

works nicely to balance the wine's tannic backbone, as notes of cinnamon, spices and minerals

linger on the long finish. This is a wine to keep an eye on. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

Proprietor Peppe Mancini co-founded the Vestini Campagnano winery, but left in 2003 to pursue his

own project, Terra del Principe. Mancini is largely responsible for the resurgence of interest in three

of Campania's indigenous varieties; Pallagrello Bianco, Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia, ancient

grapes that were once prized by prior generations but were allowed to lapse into obscurity. Mancini's

first career was the law, but he and his wife Manuela Piancastelli, a respected local journalist, seem

to have found their true calling in these hillside vineyards in the province of Caserta. Terra del

Principe works with roughly eleven hectares of vineyards and consulting oenologist Luigi Moio

oversees winemaking. Terre del Principe is a young property, but these new releases are extremely

promising. I highly encourage readers to seek these beautiful wines out. Importer: Vias Imports, New

York, NY; tel. (212) 629-0200

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Rating: 91

Drink 2009 - 2018

Cost: $54

The 2006 Casavecchia Centomoggia is another powerful wine packed with dark fruit, tar, scorched

earth, smoke and minerals, all of which are framed by firm yet well-balanced tannins. This, too, is

another dense, packed wine with notable breed and character, though stylistically it is slightly more

austere than the Ambruco. I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018. Proprietor Peppe Mancini cofounded

the Vestini Campagnano winery, but left in 2003 to pursue his own project, Terra del

Principe. Mancini is largely responsible for the resurgence of interest in three of Campania's

indigenous varieties; Pallagrello Bianco, Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia, ancient grapes that were

once prized by prior generations but were allowed to lapse into obscurity. Mancini's first career was

the law, but he and his wife Manuela Piancastelli, a respected local journalist, seem to have found

their true calling in these hillside vineyards in the province of Caserta. Terra del Principe works with

roughly eleven hectares of vineyards and consulting oenologist Luigi Moio oversees winemaking.

Terre del Principe is a young property, but these new releases are extremely promising. I highly

encourage readers to seek these beautiful wines out. Importer: Vias Imports, New York, NY; tel.

(212) 629-0200