2010 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Riserva Piano di Montevergine
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $34.94 (reg. $44.94)
When it comes to the great wines of Southern Italy, Taurasi is king, and neither sommeliers or collectors can get enough of Feudi di San Gregorio’s flagship riserva, the ‘Piano di Montevergine.’ While constantly striving to come out from the expectations of its moniker ‘Barolo of the South,’ Taurasi, with its volcanic terroir and impressive longevity, has never been more popular, and Feudi di San Gregorio deserves a tremendous amount of credit for that. Though Aglianico has the structure and longevity of Barolo, in price it remains a world apart!
Unlike many estates that try to build an international reputation with Cabernet or Chardonnay, Feudi di San Gregorio went all in on local varieties like Fiano, Greco di Tufo, and Aglianico. Galloni has described them as “one of the leaders in the modern-day Renaissance of Campanian oenology” while the Wine Advocate has declared their flagship ‘Piano’ a “landmark wine.”
The higher altitude terroir and 70-80-year-old vines both give the grand cru level Piano di Montevergine a serious edge. Showing “well-articulated tones of spice, dark fruit, pressed blackberry, clove, cola and balsam herb” (Wine Advocate, 95pts), this has the structure and balance to evolve over the next two decades. This is the lowest price around for this highly desirable Taurasi Riserva, so whether you’re an avid collector of Aglianico or just starting to appreciate the noble grape, you’ll want some of these in your cellar!