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2000 Contrade di Taurasi, Taurasi

SKU #1034913

There are many recent surprises in the region of Campania, which is perhaps the most improved winemaking area in Italy, but one thing has not changed: the wine made from the Aglianico grape grown around the village of Taurasi is still one of the glories of Italian viticulture. Contrade di Taurasi is owned by Sandro Lonardo, a schoolteacher, and his wife Enza. This Taurasi is cleanly made but complex, intriguing and fine. The wine spends about three weeks on the skins, and is aged for 18-24 months in wood, and a year in stainless steel; more recent vintages are aged entirely in large wood puncheons. The wine shows an aroma of berries, Japanese salt plum, leather, cocoa and herbs. It is a big, broad-shouldered wine on the palate. Drink now with roasted or braised meat, or age for 10 ++ years for a real treat. Unfined and unfiltered.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2008 | Send Email
This was my first bottle of aglianico and certainly not my last. What an amazing wine! Really complex with blackberry, soft wood, and firm, firm tannins. Taurasi is the appelation that is putting southern Italy back on the map of wine lovers. If you like big cabs, or barolos, you will ask youself why you have never heard of aglianico after one sip.

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- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.