Vineyards from around the town of Taurasi.
350 - 400m in elevation.
3,500 plants per hectare. 30-70 year-old vines.
Four month long maceration in steel.
Aged 24 months in tonneau followed by six months in stainless steel and 18 months in the bottle before release.
he 2008 Taurasi is beautifully precise in this vintage. Dark red cherries, plums, smoke and incense are all beautifully woven together in the glass. Firm Aglianico tannins frame the finish, but ultimately the 2008 comes across as quite polished for this bottling. This is a totally impeccable, gorgeous wine from Lonardo. The 2008 was aged predominantly in neutral French oak tonneaux. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. It has been very exciting to see all that has happened at Cantine Lonardo over the last few years. The wines, once on the rustic side, are increasingly polished and expressive. With the 2007 vintage, Lonardo has released two single-vineyard Taurasis from some of the most prized sites in the appellation. To say these are some of the most thrilling wines I have tasted recently from Campania would be a huge understatement. Taurasi doesn’t get anywhere near the attention the wines deserve. These three wines are about as good (or great!) as it gets.
Deep red. Coffee and cocoa complicate ripe red cherry and tobacco aromas on the deep nose. Then rich, dense and suave in the mouth, with smooth tannins and lively acidity providing needed lift to the superripe red fruit flavors. The long finish shows a touch of alcoholic heat and hints of marzipan and peppery spices. Those who don’t mind reds with high octane levels may well rate this wine even higher than I did.
The 2008 is a great classic vintage in Taurasi and the Riserva bottling from Sandro and Enza Lonardo is going to be excellent. The bouquet is deep, nascently complex and very promising, as it delivers a fine blend of black cherries, balsamic tones, chocolate, incipient notes of roasted venison, dark soil tones and a nice touch of black licorice in the upper register. On the palate the wine si deep, full-bodied, pure and rock solid at the core, with excellent focus and grip, ripe, chewy tannins and lovely length and grip on the very well-balanced and still quite primary finish. This will be an absolutely superb example with sufficient bottle age! 2023-2060.
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