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Wine & Spirits

2020 Pompeii Bianco

The Bosco De’ Medici winery sits just steps away from the ancient remains of Pompeii, the Roman city on the Bay of Naples that was destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E. The Palomba family has owned the property since the early 1900s, establishing a hotel and horse stables, and cultivating vines, but they only began vinifying their own wines from the 2014 vintage. They work with the native grape varieties of this volcanic region, including caprettone, a white grape once thought to be another name for coda di volpe but now considered a distinct variety. One third of the grapes rest on the skins in clay amphorae for four months, developing flavors and texture of dried apricot that mesh with notes of tart lemon and sea salt.

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