Feudi di San Gregorio
Taurasi DOCG 2014
This nectar is a 100% Aglianico, a black grape grown in the southern regions of Italy. It is with no doubt one of the noblest varieties of the Bel Paese, and finds one of its best expressions in the Taurasi DOCG. This specific winery’s vineyards are located at altitudes between 350-600 meters. After the harvest, the grapes undergo the alcoholic fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for about 3 weeks. After that, the divine juice sleeps about 18 month in medium toasted French barriques and minimum other 9 months in bottle. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a beautiful ruby colour with garnet hues. The intensity is medium. The wine is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. A ripe raspberry immediately bewitches the nostrils. Then a charming floral fragrance of iris, reinvigorating balsamic notes, and a grimmer of black pepper make the aromatic palette very intriguing. As secondary aromas, there are a hint of charred wood and toast. A feeble farmyard is the predominant tertiary.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and high tannins. The astringent sensation is pure pleasure. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14%), and it gives a reassuring heat wave. The flavour intensity is pronounced, with the sour cherry and red cherry dominating the blast of primary flavours flooding in our mouth. There is also a hint of fine liquorice. But on the palate, the main protagonists are the secondaries; and in particular: the charred wood, smoke, vanilla, cloves, and a drop of coffee. The finish is long.
This nectar is pure elegance. It is already very good now, but it can be marvellous in few years time. The wine is still developing as its tertiaries are just coming out. Albeit I was expecting already more complexity, I still like it a lot by its own; but also as company while smoking a Nostrano del Brenta.
Final vote: 92
Price: £24.99 at Whole Foods