I uncovered this wine while I was moving. I actually didn’t think much about it and opened it without many expectations. That began to change as soon as I poured it into a glass. The wine was a beautiful, deep golden straw in color. The nose was also impressive, filled with floral elements with white fruit, some citrus and almond. On the palate — apricot, pineapple and citrus with generous amounts of viscosity, minerality and acidity. Well balanced with a pure, clean and crisp finish. I think I paid about $13-14 a bottle when I bought this — an excellent value and probably one of the ten best whites I have had this year in the under $15 a bottle category.
I did read some good notes on the 2003, though the 2005 didn’t seem to be as well received. The 2003 is not very easy to find, but per my bottle it is still showing very well and I would not hesitate buying more if I were given the opportunity. I have had some mixed experiences with wines from Villa Carafa. I seem to recall preferring their whites. Recently, I had a bottle of their Zine Aglianco and was not very impressed — but the 03 Falanghina was very good. Recommended.