2015 Sarno 1860 Fiano di Avellino

SKU #1310507 93 points Vinous

 93+: Pale green-tinged yellow. Pure flinty minerality complements notes of lime and apple on the vibrant nose. Spicy, complex and very pure; this manages to be simultaneously thick yet weightless, with very precise fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors. The long, mounting finish saturates the palate with iodiney minerality and repeating apple and lime nuances. This could well turn out to be the Fiano di Avellino of the vintage.  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2017 | Send Email
I've always liked Fiano d'Avellino but never had my breath taken away like I have with this wine. The nose is classic all beeswax and lanolin until the dried flowers and spice kick in. Then on the palate you see the real impressive portion of the wine, the 2015 vintage is sensational and for Sarno the added dimension on palate is incredible, the richness is skewered by a mix of tannin and mineral driven acidity giving it weight with a real lift on the back end. The flavors are a mix of Kaffir lime and ripe Bosc pear that enliven the richness of the wine and seem to create flow. The finish is improperly named, it never seems to finish, just on and on and on, more lime more pear and then that ground mineral zip. 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 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2017 | Send Email
Fiano is one of the noble white grapes of Southern Italy and Sarno is without doubt one the finest producers of it. Theirs combines richness and structure and the 2015 vintage takes the aromatics and palate to another level. Subtle scents of beeswax, pear and citrus precede a round and seamless palate with a core of vibrant acidity and a chalky mineral finish. This sensational white will age gracefully and will develop more complex notes of honey and hazelnuts as it matures.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2017 | Send Email
Sarno is one of the greatest for Fiano and I had high hopes for this. Truly text book here with tones of white flowers, ripe peaches and acacia honey. The honey becomes freshly harvest beeswax on the palate with tons of texture and a long finish. Fiano is great when there's acid and this one integrates it perfectly. Another stupendously drinkable wine from Sarno and easy to integrate into almost any meal.

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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.
Sub-Region:

Campania

Alcohol Content (%): 13