Falanghina Sant' Agata Del Goti Mustilli
reviewed by Laura Dean
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So I was walking home from work and walked into this wine store having a tasting--five wines and I found this nice white -- at first, it took me a moment to get used to the taste and having been out for a while wasn't as chilled as a white could be. But it was crisp and nice-- and grown "sustainable" in Italy which means even though not certified, grows with organic standards-- no chemicals in farming. I don't have the details in the fermentation, but I found it quite tasty. It comes to us, courtesy of Leonardo Mustilli. Leonardo spearheaded an early initiative to identify, develop and obtain official recognition of the Falanghina grape. Which is to say that he was a pioneer in the "local grape" movement that has raised so many "peasant" grapes into official recognition, public acceptance and critical favor.
The Mustilli family has been in the historic hill town of Sant’Agata de’ Goti for 500 years. ("St. Agatha of the Goths" – which gives you an idea how old this beautiful place is, and why it was founded). It was in 1960 that Leonardo and his wife Marilì established the present-day Mustilli winery. To this day, under the leadership of Paola and Annachiara, Leonardo’s capable daughters, Mustilli uses only local grape varieties from their own vineyards – Falanghina, Piedirosso, Aglianico.