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2011 Guastaferro Taurasi Riserva Primum

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific


94Vinous / IWC

...earthy display of ripe black fruit, sweet herbs, and dried roses, as graphite and balsamic tones develop. On the palate, velvety textures coat the senses in sweet-and-sour red and blue fruits...finish is long and structured, showing a bit of wood influence, with a refreshing hint of tart citrus which balances this dark beast of a wine.

93Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of smoke, charred earth, dark spice and black-skinned berry.,.concentrated firmly structured palate offers dried black cherry, blackberry extract, ground pepper and a hint of tobacco framed in fine-grained tannins.


Italy, Campania, Taurasi

Campania is on the southeastern coast of Italy, and the city of Naples is its commercial and cultural capital. Wine has always been produced in this hard-scrabble region, though the quality of those wines has traditionally not matched the wine quality elsewhere in Italy. Rich volcanic soils mean that the region easily grows everything from citrus and artichokes to nuts, and growing wine grapes has not been a priority historically. However in the last couple of decades forward-thinking producers and vineyard owners have focused on improving both their wines and Campania’s winemaking reputation, and the results are noteworthy. Campania was awarded its first DOCG appellation in 1991. It is the Taurasi DOCG, which grows primarily Aglianico, a native grape that can produce big, concentrated, complex red wines with layers of earthy flavors. There are 101,000 acres of vineyards in Campania, making it Italy’s ninth largest wine producing region, though only 2.8% of those vineyards are in DOC appellations. Nevertheless several excellent large producers and numerous boutique producers are now crafting well-reviewed red and white wines, all mostly from indigenous grapes. Besides Aglianico, the other most frequently planted red wine grapes are Coda de Volpe and Pedirosso. White grapes planted are Falanghina, Fiano and Greco. There are 18 DOCs in Campania.