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Bottle Price $39.99
Sale Price $29.99
Year 2014
Size 750ML
Color Red
Country Italy

Availability: Oversell: Y Discount: N
Product Code: 2812160_PI


I 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!

The 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.

These 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.

The 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

"Dark 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

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