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93pt Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2012

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Some call Taurasi wines the ‘Barolo of the south’… that’s quite the compliment and one that’s completely understandable when you take a sip of this spectacular 2012 Taurasi that we’re delighted to be offering for £19.75 (17% off the UK RRP).

Made from aglianico, a grape native to southern Italy that gives it's best in the volcanic soils of the region, the best Taurasi wines are - like Barolo - fine dark, concentrated, tannic wines that improve beautifully with age.

From the excellent Feudi di San Gregorio, who have made a name for themselves world-wide with their superb expressions of native grapes, this Taurasi is a show stopper and has all the qualities of a great wine; flavour, complexity, balance, structure and length.

It’s also that little bit different coming from a grape which is barely found outside of the south of Italy. A refreshing change from the more common cabernet, merlot and syrah wines.

Stylishly presented and with some time in bottle, this is drinking beautifully now but will age elegantly should you be able to resist it...

About the wine

Fragrant, intense aromas of maraschino cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg mingle with notes of leather, wet earth and chocolate. Undertones of vanilla and anise on the palate enhance the powerful black fruit flavours. Full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, the wine is beautifully balanced and finishes long, persistent and spicy. A world-class wine from a little-known appellation!

This Taurasi is made from aglianico di taurasi, a fabulous native grape variety of Southern Italy that gives richly coloured wines with dark orchard fruit and chocolate flavours. The key to making a successful aglianico wine is patience; harvest too early and the tannins won’t have fully mellowed but wait and the results can be magical!

For this wine, the grape bunches are selectively harvested during the last two weeks of October and after destemming and pressing the grapes macerate and ferment for three week in stainless steel. There then allows an 18-month-long ageing in medium-toasted French oak barrels. The wine is further aged in bottle for nine months before being released.

Winemaker: Pierpaolo Sirch

Appellation: Taurasi DOCG

- 93pts, James Suckling 
- 92pts, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 90 pts, Vinous
- 3.9/5 Stars, Vivino Users

Grapes: 100% Aglianico di Taurasi
Vineyard: Various vineyards in the Taurasi DOCG
Cooperage: 18 months in French oak
ABV: 14%
Drink: 2018-2025

About the winery

Feudi di San Gregorio was founded in 1986 in the village of Sorbo Serpico, in the Avellino province of Campania, an hour or so drive north of Naples.

A devastating earthquake in November 1980 was one of Italy’s worst in modern times with villages and farms completely destroyed. Motivated by a desire to rescue their home region, protect local culture and promote indigenous varieties, native Enzo Ercolino and his two brothers, a wife and brother-in-law set up Feudi di San Gregorio.

Today it is one of Enzo’s nephews who is at the helm and the emphasis on crafting world-class wines from local grapes such as Aglianico remains central to the company’s ethos.

About the vineyard

17 villages in the Campania province of Irpinia make up the DOCG of Taurasi. The area has a winemaking history that stretches back two millennia in this beautiful, unique and varied territory. T

Taurasi benefits from a unique microclimate that means winters (though brief!) are cold and snowy and the summers are blessed with occasional, refreshing rainfall. Most crucially, the local aglianico grape thrives on the volcanic, sandstone and marl soils.

Feudi di San Gregorio describe the Taurasi appellation as a complex ‘jigsaw’ made up of a myriad of individual vineyard sites. But in the broadest terms, it can be broken down into four parts. The Upper River Calore Valley in the south-east gives the most powerful wines. The hallmarks of the Left Bank of River Calore wines are elegance and approachability whilst the wines of the Right Bank of the River Calore in the north-east are typically spicy and smoky. Lastly from the Fiano area in the south-west, diversity is what it’s all about and wines can be earthy or altogether lighter.

Each Feudi vineyard is closely monitored and the final wine is a blend that pulls together these unique qualities into a single, brilliant wine


 93 points, James Suckling
“Intense aromas of tar, black pepper and lavender follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a beautiful finish. Shows balance and refinement with age.”

robert-parker-logo.jpg92 points, Monica Larner
“… a wine of impressive intensity and balance. This vintage offers a very interesting interpretation of Aglianico with warm tones of ripe fruit and blackberry marmalade backed by firm, velvety tannins and balanced freshness. The bouquet is direct and immediate with cherry liqueur, chocolate, spice and cola.”

90 points, Ian d’Agata

“Dark red with a plate rim. Flint and red cherries with hints of tar and underbrush on the refined nose. Youthfully chewy in the mouth, offering curious hints of orange peel and camphor complementing the dark red and blueberry flavours. Smooth and long, but a touch of alcoholic heat emerges on the back end. Still, I’d say this is an outstanding Taurasi.”

"Powerful, dark fruit. Tannic and wonderful" 4.5/5 Stars
"Bright carmine red, deep, clean...chocolate, leather, prune, licorice, vanilla, coconut, complex. Good entrance, acidity, soft tannins, well rounded..." 4/5 Stars
"Big bold wine with ripe black fruit. High acid, high tannin, full body, high intensity. Great now but give this one cellar time and it will be even better!"  4/5 Stars
"Great Aglianico from Taurasi....one of my best. Earty volcanic nose, wide palate of licorice, herbs, plum, black cassis and white pepper. High rich tannins, the wine requires food that can match the tannins. High acidity. Long finish, medium+ body. A high quality wine."  4/5 Stars


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2012 Taurasi from Feudi San Gregorio - "an outstanding Taurasi"
Stunning Southern Italian Red "an outstanding Taurasi"
"...a wine of impressive intensity and balance" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"...full body, firm and silky tannins and a beautiful finish" James Suckling
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