Impressions: While we normally turn to Campania for full bodied white wines, the rare and indigenous Caprettone and Catalenasca offers us a leaner, snappier take on southern Italian whites. Notes of bosc pear, apple compote, wet stones and dried sage gently evolve from the glass. The palate is elegant, displaying a silky, mineral-forward profile before descending on a crisp, floral, and salty fiinish.
Additional notes from North Berkeley Imports:
"Winemaker Andrea Cozzolino started his project in 2004, bringing with him some of his family’s historic vineyard holdings here in the Vesuvio National Park, a protected area that provides vines with an ideal biodiversity in which to thrive. Small vineyards dot this wild landscape, ranging from 900 to nearly 2,400 feet in altitude — this is fine winemaking that respects the natural landscape of Vesuvius while cultivating historic vines on soils that have known them for centuries.
‘Olivetta’ is the name of a natural spring within the Vesuvio National Park, the only one in the area — a source of necessary refreshment for both travelers and residents. This ‘Lacrimabianco’ too is a source of necessary refreshment, a silky marriage of two native white grapes: Catalanesca and Caprettone. Medium-bodied and chock-full of apple and pear and citrus fruit, it’s a lovely draught of southern Italian sun and energy."