sat down with Italian wine legend Dominic Nocerino last week. I normally go
visit him but he was coming to visit me. This is very rare. I have known him
for about twenty years he never comes to visit me. Mr Nocerino can be said to
be the father of great Italian wine is America. He was the first and introduced
us many greats like Rinaldi, Giacosa and Gaja. Valdicava, Canalicchio
and Fontodi. The man taught me so much about Italy’s finest wines and he
was coming to visit me!
reason for his visit was that he wanted to taste me on his latest ‘Coup’. We
talked, we tasted, he smiled and I smiled. I had just tasted the most
incredible wines! I was blown away! These are the next great wines from Italy!
He had learnt about the wine from great wine writer, Tom Maresca who
commented that this was a producer up to your level. He had placed the wines in
Italy’s finest restaurants like Del Posto and Marea in NYC and Carbone in
Vegas. He was now offering tiny amounts for his ‘friends’ to offer.
wines do not come from Tuscany or Piedmont, not Brunello, Super Tuscans nor
Barolo or Barbaresco but rather from Campania. The grape is the great
Aglianico, famous in Italy and Europe, making wines of equal stature and
quality. The house is Guastaferro who own the oldest Aglianico vines in
Campania, pre Phyloxera vines over 120 years of age.
wines comes from the DOCG Taurasi, the most famous region in Campania that is
referred to as ‘the Barolo of the South’. The noble grape of Taurasi is
Aglianico, a very rich, powerful, tannic grape but when tamed can make
mind-blowing full bodied red wine. The master of this domaine is Raffaele
Guastaferro and his namesake winery make the finest wines in this region.
Raffaele Guastaferro farms 7 hectares
at around 300 meters above sea level on south east facing slopes. The great
secret is that the vines are – are you sitting down? – between 150 and 200
years old! This means they produce tiny amounts of very concentrated juice and
that shows in the finished wines. Raffaele modestly told me that he has a magic
vineyard and so he does not have to do much work in the cellar!
92+ pts Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media Sept 2016
red with a light rim. Fresh aromas of red cherry, aromatic herbs and tar. Light
and lively, showing sneaky concentration to the red fruit, orange peel and
spice flavors. Finishes long, juicy and vibrant. Knockout Irpinia
Aglianico." 14% abv