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Casavecchia, 2004
Produced by I Normanni

Terre del Volturno IGT
The Italian IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) legal category is meant to bridge the gap between the lowest legal designation - Vino da Tavola - and the highest designation - Denominazione di Origine Controllata/ e Garantita (DOC/G). Terre del Volturno occupies in large part the province of Caserta which extends from north of Naples to the river Volturno. The area was decreed in 1995 to cover basic reds and whites as well as wines made from at least 85% of a single variety. At the time that the IGT was granted those varieties were limited to Aglianico, Asprinio, Coda di Volpe, Falanghina, Fiano, Greco, Piedirosso, Primitivo and Sciascinoso - all typical grapes of Campania and indigenous to Italy. As we will see, the variety Casavecchia was not even a consideration at that time.

Tasting Notes
A youthful looking purple-ruby core gently fades to a pinkish rim. The mild but complex aromatics are reminiscent of blackberry and black cherry with an undercurrent of cedar, smoke and vanilla. This is a youthful nose that makes up for its lack of intensity with subtle tones. The palate is a rich experience in fruit and cedar and is supported by well balanced structure with surprising amounts of acidity - a real food wine. This wine will pair well with roasted meets and game but a better choice will be braised meats and stews to compliment and add depth to the fruit. You can certainly drink this wine now - the tannins are midway between astringent and soft - but several years of bottle ageing will reward those with patience.

Campania Wine Fact
The story of this wine is all in the grape variety. Casavecchia possibly comes from the ancient Roman variety known as Trebulano -a variety we know something about due to the writings of Pliny the Elder. Pliny didn't make it through Vesuvius' downfall and quite frankly neither did Casavechhia. The grape was long thought to be extinct when some producers were able to identify it from several cuttings found in - to be kind - lesser vineyards of the area. The growers there had in turn taken cuttings from a massive vine with a huge trunk that had some how survived the years and phylloxera to provide us with this unique variety. With the help of Luigi Veronelli and other top Italian oenologists, Trebulano was reborn as Casavecchia - Old House in Italian, homage to those who rescued the vine and inadvertently renamed it after where they found it growing. Today there are a half dozen top quality producers of this variety once thought to be gone forever.

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