Villa Dora Caprettone Vesuvio

Villa Dora Caprettone Vesuvio

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Country: Italy

Region: Campania

Grapes: Caprettone 

Vintage: 2021

ABV: 13.5%

Bottle size: 75cl

Viticulture: Organic, Natural 

Winemaking: The fruit is pressed after about an hour of maceration, then fermented in stainless steel tanks at reduced temperature until dry. The wine is aged on the fine lees for at least 5 or 6 months and normally stays in the tank for about a year before bottling.

Vegan?: Vegan

Fruit is on the green side, apple perhaps; struck flint, a hint of flowers; great balance of acidity and fruit on the palate; long and crisp but not severe. Good if you like a dry Riesling. 

About the producer: Volcanic soils make interesting wines, and many of Campania's famous terroirs are of volcanic origin. Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano just east of Naples, and the organically farmed vineyards of Villa Dora are on the lower southern slopes of the volcano, inside the national park that surrounds it. The soil, ground-up pumice really, looks like dark grey Grape-Nuts, and the wines are strikingly flavorful and distinctive. There is no known scientific reason why certain minerals in the soil would affect the flavors of the wines grown in that soil, but I have to think there's a connection.