Richard Neidich wrote:
> Had fantastic wine this week. Never have had a Taurasi before.
> I guess this is Italian wine from Campania region? Unusual grape and
> flavor. very rustic but very nice.
In Italy, Taurasi is sometimes called "the Barolo of the south" for it's
ageworthiness and structure, and maybe also because it has a cellar time of
4 years as Barolo (don't recall Taurasi riserva celler-time now) before
being worthy of the name Taurasi. It's based on Aglianico grapes, a vine
that has amassed on the southern-central part of Italy, manily Campania
(Taurasi, Aglianico dell'Irpinia, Aglianico del taburno) and then Basilicata
(Aglianico del Vulture) and some more in the nearby regions.
> I guess there is more to life than your typical grapes.
Aglianico is very typical, it's presence in Italy dates to the times of
>magna grecia, and it's name has been interpreted in many ways, one is that
it origins from the word "ellenico", which would indicates it's origin in
Greece (Hellas, Ellade).
> Really nice stuff. Anyone here have experience with Taurasi Reservas
> and can you suggest other producers. This is the only one I have
Mastroberardino has some quality bottles, alas not in the low range, theyr
Radici is one of the best Taurasi arund. Many good quality Aglianico can
also be taken into account: the relation between Aglianico and Taurasi is
the same which occurs between Nebbiolo and Barolo, sure the better bottles
are Barolo/Taurasi and not Nebbiolo/Aglianico, but sometimes the lesser
brothers have swhon interesting Q/P ratios.
Think pink, drink rose'