The notorious wine guide of “Gambero” in the 1989 cited the winery “Volla” along with a few of the area of Benevento in Campania region (southern Italy). Volla was, in fact, the name of the company then managed by Mrs. Teresa. During the analysis of different vintages, the authors of the guide had to explain the lack of a couple of them. Unfortunately, one of the vintages of that period was missing because of health problems that hit Ms. Teresa preventing her from dealing with the work in the cellar. So, at this point they added a note “we hope that the youngest daughter, the lovely Alexia, will work at the winery in future”.
They were right!
Alexia at that time was only 16 years old, she helped her mother but probably for fun. Then she graduated in Economics, she moved to Milan until she realizes she wanted something else. Back to Benevento in 2007 her adventure with wine began with a new company named “Capolino Perlingieri”: 32 acres for about 20,000 bottles.
I like to give an introspective and human touch to the choices that revolve around a bottle. This is what I like to tell friends when I bring a wine at the table.
But which wine? I’ve tried all the wines they produce, 3 white and 2 red, the rosé unfortunately is no longer in production. I was pleasantly satisfied but I have to begin with “Falanghina”, one of the most representative white wines of the area.
Falanghina is also the first wine I drank guided by Alexia. It’s called “Preta”, vintage, 2013, and is pure (Falanghina grape 100%).
The nose is intense with hints of yellow fruit and very mineral. It seemed young to drink. Maybe in a year or 2 will be even better.
The confirmation comes in the mouth,very pleasant, with well-balanced acidity which, in fact, makes me realize how the wine can stay a little more in the bottle.
I’m not mistaken, I have also had the fortune to try another vintage the 2009! Excellent: full, fruity aromas mixed to candied fruit and in the mouth is full and intense, something you would not always expect from a Falanghina especially after a few years and it is for this reason why I am impressed by this wine.