Category Archives: Campania

2007 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo

Platinum in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, mineral, apple, nectarine, hay, no oak to speak to, with traces of earth. On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium body, pretty easy drinking, but not immensely opulent, with a moderate finish. Interesting wine I’d like to try with some shellfish, not as interesting as the 05.    

2005 Feudi de San Gregorico Greco di Tufo

Crazy golden color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, lots of mineral and crushed stones, apple, apricot, loaded with spices, with some oak, and loaded with earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, very Meursault, flint, butterscotch, apple, spiced cider, beautiful acidity, delicious with big time balance, and a shocking finish. I’ve always liked this wine, and this is a great producer, but this wine floored me, and evoked thoughts beyond normal drinking or table wine, and I never really anticipated this wine being amazing, but it was, and now I want to drink more of this grape.    

2004 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi

This 100% Aglianico from Campania was the most complex and interesting of the tasting. On the nose, moving toward bouquet, of medium+ intensity, certainly earthy, dense blackberry, game, smoke, huge spice character, some paste, some pickle juice, and a bit of oak. Dense and broad nose. On the palate, dry, med+ intensity, medium tannins, med+ acidity, spice and earth driven, some sour cherries, with a long balanced finish. I cannot overstate the importance of balance, and it’s role in making this wine extraordinary.    

2003 Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico

This winery is the best kept secret of Southern Italy. Serpico is 100% Aglianico grapes from Irpinia in the region of Campania. On the nose, youthful aroma, of medium plus intensity, with dense dark fruit, plums and cherries, inky quality, some paste, star anise, chalky soil component, violets and dandelions, and some cave aged blue cheese. Very mysterious and complex nose, with moderate oak and overtly Old World characteristics. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ tannin, medium+ acidity, very well balanced wine, with a beautiful finish. This would be great with gamey meat, not cheap but very complex and different types of flavors.    

2007 Tenuta Ponte Irpinia Coda di Volpe

I had this many months ago at a Small Vineyards tasting, loved it, and had been waiting for a nice summer day to try this. Today was the day. Coda di Volpe is an ancient from Campania, and unknown in the US. Beautiful nose, youthful, med+ intensity, melon, floral component, salty earth, mineral, lemongrass, and a soft citrus like creaminess. On the palate, dry, juicy fruit, mineral, flowers, real nice acidity, a medium body, and a nice finish. Busted out shrimp on the barbie seasoned with sea salt and pepper, it killed it.