Declassified Taurasi from one of the best. Brilliant fruit, tannin and power balance, tied in with loads of freshness. Amazing drinking!
This is declassified Taurasi, produced in a way fresher and vibrant style than its famous sibling - and all the better for it! Offering immediate drinking pleasure, the robust fruit and lovely tannin structure is perfectly balanced by zesty acidity and mineral drive. This is a beauty. Great now, will be ridiculous in a few years!
Wine: CANTINA LONARDO Irpinia Aglianico 2016
Producer: Cantina Lonardo
Region/Country: Taurasi, Campania, Italy
Production Method: Organic farming. Hands off winemaking, with 70% in stainless steel and 30% in oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Style: Fresh and vibrant considering the region! Dark fruited and herbal with great minerality. Moderate tannins however perfectly balanced
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled meats, winter vegetarian dishes, BBQ
Some of the best Aglianico in the appellation is made by Enza and Antonella Lonardo, owners of Contrade di Taurasi. The family farms five hectares of ancient vines planted across various limestone and volcanic soil types. The property only began producing estate-bottled wines in 1998, before which the grapes were sold to the cooperative. The vineyards have been farmed organically for generations, and they are now in official conversion for organic certification. The winemaking philosophy at Lonardo is one of "enlightened traditionalism".