Fiore Cecere and Carmine Iannaccone are two local childhood friends whose paths have come together again in 2012. Well dressed Campanian men that they are, they are bringing a sartorial care and precision to one and half hecatres of Greco from where they both came from in Santa Paolina. The winery, Le Ormere (ORM-a-ray), is local dialect for the secular “field elm trees” that look over the vineyard. Many producers blend Greco from different Greco sub-zones, Le Ormere is one of just a few wineries that is a making a single sub-zone wine in the grand cru sub-zone of Santa Paolina.*
Greco as a variety is kinda the Amy Winehouse of the area, characterful but also full of problems: late-ripening, low production, and susceptibility to “grey rot, oidium, and peronospera.” (D’Agata) And, it’s always playing second fiddle to the ever-popular Fiano. If Fianco is all about poised and sprightly acidity, often needing a few years of bottle age to open up a bit, Greco instead is gregarious as soon as it’s put in bottle. It has a good dallop of fruit wrapped around gritty tannins, a spunky high-acidity, and a smoky-flinty mineral element.
More sartorial and naturalista would describe Le Ormere’s approach: low sulphur (<40gr./l), native yeasts. Fermentation is in steal. All work is carried out by hand and there are no chemical used in the vineyard, and no additives in the cellar. This is an exciting super-small producer of Greco that we’re happy to have in the portfolio. *Greco has eight grwoing areas. Ian d’Agata hones in on the most interesting in his Native Wine Grapes of Italy: “There are two grand crus fro Greco, Santa Paolina and Tufo, and one premier cru, Montefusco.”