2011 Tenuta Sarno 1860 Fiano di Avellino

SKU #1125258 96 points Decanter

 Intense mineral and dried white fruit in the nose and mouth, pears, hazelnut and flint in the finish.  (5/ 2013)

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Fiano is also seen designated as "Apianum," the ancient Roman wine made from the same thick-skinned, pulpy white grape.

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/16/2013  | Send Email
This is a direct quote from my article in the February 2012 K&L newsletter; "Fiano is one of Italyís most important white grapes, and Fiano di Avelino is one of Italyís greatest white wines. I sincerely believe the 2009 Tenuta Sarno Fiano di Avellino could be the best Fiano Iíve ever had. Thereís so much complexity to this wine, itís hard to pinpoint the fruit. Stone fruit? Tree fruit? Tropical? There is also a smoky, slightly gamey, intensely mineral quality I find beguiling. It reminds me of a great Hermitage Blanc four to five times its price. Delicious." Well, all that said folks, I'm thinking the 2011 may be even better. So seamless and complete, just a stunning wine. My only caveat is that it could use another year or so in the bottle to really hit it's stride. You know those nature shows where you see a baby horse or deer born and it immediately gets to it's feet but is really wobbly and not really ready for what it's meant to do. That's sort of where I see this wine at this moment. It will be bounding with endless grace soon, but this wine will not last, so stock up for sure. CM

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/15/2013  | Send Email
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I've always thought Fiano d'Avellino was really good but never great, that was until I had this wine. Tenuta Sarno has more depth, more structure and more flavor than I can ever remember having before in a Fiano. The aromas are spicy and powerful while on the palate layers of complexity, alternating between a leesy, biscuit like richness and a slightly gritty tannin grip really make this wine's presence unmistakable. I would love to have this with a bigger, more structured fish like Swordfish although I'm sure many of you'd head towards Lobster. I really think this wine is stunning, you definitely need to try this!
Drink from 2013 to 2017

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/15/2013  | Send Email
Haven't heard of Fiano before ? This grape is becoming very popular in the San Francisco bay area, thanks to a little restaurant called "A16", that has introduced alot of Southern Italian veritals to its patrons. A bright, fresh wine with pear, lime, lemon peel, toasted hazelnut with a mineral/salty notes on the palate, this is a very food friendly wine.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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Campania