Tasting notes: The second of Casa di Baal’s “pet nat” wines, Il Tocco di Baal is obtained after a soft pressing of Aglianico grapes. A sparkling wine from Aglianico sounds surprising, but the idea of creating a rose style with an earlier harvest seemed like an interesting possibility. Not what you’d expect, as there are notes of fresh wild berries, orange peel, cherry and spice!
Estate History: Olive oil producers by trade, the Salerno family located in the Salernitano foothills is a part of the youth movement of Italian wine you find particularly in regions like Campania. Annibale Salerno deserves all the credit, producing olive oil since the 70s and raising 5 wonderful children. His kids are taking things one step further with the production of wine. The Salerno’s produce predominately Aglianico and Fiano, with smaller plantings of Barbera, Malvasia and Moscato. Plantings of these last varietals have existed on the family property for decades, and the Salerno’s produce wines with them as an homage to their past. When Annibale and his wife Anna Maria started making olive oil, they produced wine that would be sold in bulk as a way to supplement their business. Fifty years ago, big wineries would come around with a truck, buying up grapes from local farmers. They paid by the pound, so Annibale and Anna Maria produced vigorous grapes like Barbera and Malvasia that led to a nice pay day!