2010 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Aglianico Serpico

Year: 2010
Appellation: Campania
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$34.95

$90+ LIST PRICE, WE'VE KILLED 'EM!!

"The black currant, olive tapenade, underbrush and melted licorice notes are well-knit and creamy on the palate of this fresh, full-bodied red, which is elegant and harmonious, though the supple tannins provide definition throughout and grip on the lasting, graphite-laced finish. Aglianico. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases made. -AN" (WS)

"The outstanding 2010 Irpinia Aglianico Serpico is Aglianico from a pre-phylloxera vineyard that sees 18 months of medium toast oak. This vintage reveals an impressive sense of balance and inner harmony with dark fruit tones that are enhanced by bright accents of cherry and dried blueberry. Extra focus and intensity is achieved thanks to the dusty mineral shadings that give pretty contours to the plump fruit. There are distant endnotes of crushed white pepper as well. The tannins offer both firmness and texture. This is a beautiful expression of Aglianico." (WA)

"Moderately saturated ruby. Penetrating aromas and flavors of red cherry, dark plum, mocha, flowers and vanilla. Then bright and suave on the palate, with tobacco and mineral notes adding complexity. The long finish features youthfully chewy tannins and a repeating vanilla quality. An outstanding wine, and much better than the overly tannic 2011 Serpico." (VM)

"This is a red with incredible aromas of cracked black pepper and dark fruits. Walnut, blackberry and spice undertone. Full body, silky tannins and a chewy finish. Needs time to soften. A little over-extracted but will come around nicely with bottle age. Try in 2016." (JS)

"Made with century-old, ungrafted vines, this structured red offers aromas of mature black plum, dark spice, tobacco and a whiff of blue flower. The generous, enveloping palate doles out layers of juicy black cherry, blackberry, anise, cinnamon and clove framed in densely packed but ripe tannins. Give it time to unwind and fully develop. Drink after 2020–2030." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Production Area:
The commune of Taurasi in Campania

Grape Varieties:
100% Aglianico di Taurasi, harvested in part from century-old pre-phylloxera vines

Vinification:
Manual harvesting starts in mid-October and lasts until early November. After pressing, a long maceration on the skins takes place. Once malolactic fermentation is completed, the wine is aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels prior to release.

Color:
Ruby red

Bouquet:
Intense, persistent bouquet of rich wild cherries, toasted oak and warm vanilla

Taste:
Soft, dense and well balanced. The finish is long and pleasant, with flavors of red berries against a smooth background of toast and spice

Serving Suggestions:
Well-matched with roasted meat and game