July 18, 2014
 

VITICOLTORI DE CONCILIIS

Allow us to introduce you to our newest winery from Campania. 

 

Modern wines from Italy's thriving South. 

 

about DE CONCILIIS

De Conciliis is the latest addition to our portfolio and they’ve been making a splash in the press. There is a lot of buzz surrounding the revitalization of winemaking in the South of Italy and De Conciliis is undoubtedly among its influencers. The winery is dedicated to the production of wine from Campania’s best-known native grapes: Fiano and Aglianico.

De Conciliis is located on the hill of Cilento, a relatively undiscovered wine-producing region outside of Taurasi DOCG. At 250 meters of altitude, the coastal region benefits from a milder climate, allowing winemakers to achieve a fruitier and more approachable style than the young wines of Taurasi. Don’t be mistaken — these are serious wines. The facilities are refreshingly modern and the wines are juicy, aromatic and fresh. Temperature controlled stainless steel is used for precise fermentations and aging is done in a mix of new and old French oak. In the vineyard, calcareous clay soil lends the wines nuanced aromatics and minerality. 

De Conciliis stopped supplying the local cooperative with fruit in 1990 and began bottling their own wine. Over the course of the last two decades their progress has been admirable and enviable. There is a constant atmosphere of experimentation in the winery (fueled by the Jazz music that regularly fills the space — in fact, Naima is named after the John Coltrane song by the same name). This experimentation leads to wines that are always slightly different, and also prompted the creation of the country’s first sparkling Aglianico.

Decanter magazine recently credited Bruno De Conciliis, among others, with having ‘inspired a new batch of young producers with wines of character that reflect [the] land and complement its delicious food.’ 

We’re very excited to be representing this trailblazing winery. 

 
 

THE WINES

2013 'Bacioilcielo' Fiano, IGT  
Retail: $25.95 / btl (6 btls/cs)

Named for the Jimmy Hendrix song, Bacioilcielo (Kiss the Sky) is 100% Fiano. This is a charming white with typical notes of lemon jam, white peach and chamomile, finishing with nice minerality and a hint of bitter almond. The label features a fitting psychedelic graphic that certainly makes the wine stand out. A perfect aperitif or seafood wine. 

2012 'Donnaluna' Aglianico, DOC  
Retail: $35.95 / btl (6 btls/cs)

Aglianico is often referred to as the Nebbiolo of the South — it's like a Barolo with attitude. Generally quite rustic in character, De Conciliis' version is fruit-forward with ripe, velvety tannins. Aromas of black cherries, earth, tar and chocolate burst from the glass. This wine is drinking beautifully now, or could be cellared for a few years to develop further complextity. 

2005 'Naima' Aglianico, IGT Paestum  - very limited availability
Retail: $83.95 / btl (6 btls/cs)

92 Points, Robert Parker
91 Points, Ian d'Agata
90 Points, Wine Spectator

Named after the John Coltrane song, this intriguing wine evokes power and elegance. It's concentrated with a core of dark fruit, complimented by herbs, leather, licorice and roses. The wine is fermented using native yeast, is aged for a total of 3 years in a mix of new and old French oak, and is bottled unfiltered. One for the cellar.