Clelia Romano   Campania, Italy  
  "Colli di Lapio is one of Campania’s most promising young properties. The estate is best known for its Fiano di Avellino, a wine that generally needs a few years in bottle to show its best." - Wine Advocate, June 2010

“A superb example of Fiano di Avellino.” (IWC)

According to the International Wine Cellar, “this young estate, founded in 1994, is the source of one of the finest Fianos made today, if not the best one.
The perfectly situated vineyards, at about 500 meters above sea level on highly calcareous clay soil and benefiting from wide day-night temperature differences, would rate grand cru status if such a classification scheme existed in Italy.”

The cool, windblown slopes of Campania’s bleak mountains host some of the most spectacular vineyards in Italy, planted to varietals that have been cultivated since the time of the ancient Greeks.  

The estate of Clelia Romano is from vineyards around the Lapio village, northeast of Avellino, the “grand cru” growing area for the white varietal Fiano.  This wine, vinified entirely in stainless steel, is pure class and elegance, with peach and melon aromatics and a vibrant acidity that gives it the potential to evolve over a decade into a golden-hued and mineral-ly wine that echoes the qualities of grand cru Chablis.  

The 2007 vintage was given 92 pts by Stephen Tanzer, and the 2008 Fiano was Gambero Rosso's "White wine of the Year" last year.
Clelia prefers the fleshier 2009 vintage to her previous efforts.

The estate will be releasing an Irpinia Rosso shortly; since the estate’s Aglianico vineyards are within the boundaries of the Taurasi DOCG, we anticipate an impressive wine!

Colli di Lapio is a practicing organic estate. Integrated insect and disease control is followed and only copper and sulfur-based products are used. However, the breezy, arid climate makes mold and insects a rare occurance. The estate fertilizes with organics every two years to ensure a quality harvest. Alfalfa is sown between the rows of vines to provide nitrogen to the soil - tilled in as green manure. Minimal sulfer is added to the wines as they leave the winery to ensure freshness and quality. 
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Fiano di Avellino 'Colli di Lapio', Clelia Romano 2013    
Fiano di Avellino 'Colli di Lapio', Clelia Romano 2014    
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