2008 Feudi di San Gregorio – Taurasi – Taurasi DOCG

Disclaimer: I received this bottle of wine, next to a few others, as a sample from Feudi di San Gregorio at Slow Wine 2013 in Munich. I reviewed the wine with my honest assessment. Slow Wine is a wine fair organized by Slow Food. If you are not familiar with Slow Food and the Slow Food Movement then read this post first.

The first wine from the fair that I wrote about was Donnafugata’s Ben Rye. If you missed out on this must-try wine then you can find the tasting notes for it here.

Feudi di San Gregorio

For quite some time, Feudi di San Gregorio has been one of my favorite wineries from Campania, Italy for white wine. The winery, which refers to themselves as a company, produces around 4.000.000 bottles per year. So if you thought that we are talking about a small, traditional winery then I have to disappoint you. Feudi makes 27 different wines from a variety of grapes including Greco, Fiano and Falanghina (all white) as well as Aglianico and Primitivo (both red). The winery has its headquarter in the province of Avellino and was founded in 1986 by two families.

Taurasi

Taurasi is a town and comune in Campania with a population of just 2500 inhabitants. Nevertheless, this small town is famous throughout the world for a red wine, which is also known as Taurasi. The city has lots of history and one of its first mentions date back to the year 268 BC, when the Romans destroyed the city, which was called Taurasia back then, for the first time.

Wine making has a long tradition in Taurasi and today it is the town’s most important branch of trade. The wine Taurasi is one of of four DOCG wines from Campania. It has to be produced with at least 85% Aglianico grapes and the wine has to age at least three years.

One of the reasons why I love Italy is because of it’s beautiful landscape. Take a look at these pictures taken in the province of Avellino (near the town of Taurasi)

Tasting notes Feudi ‘Taurasi’

Time to actually talk about the ‘Taurasi’ – Taurasi DOCG from Feudi di San Gregorio. The wine is produced with 100% Aglianico grapes. ‘Taurasi’ aged 18 months in small barrique barrels and at least 12 months in the bottle (remember the wine has to age a minimum of three years).

2005 Feudi di San Gregorio -Taurasi - Taurasi DOCGIn the glass, the ‘Taurasi’ had a bright ruby red color with garnet red reflections. The bouquet consisted of vanilla, caramel, sour cherry, nutmeg and anise. This is not your typical Southern Italian bouquet but these aromas are often found in Aglianico wines like Taurasi DOCG and Aglianico del Vulture DOCG. I wished the wine would have had a few more fruit aromas.

After taking a sip, I noticed pleasingly, mellow tannins. The wine was medium-bodied and well-balanced. ‘Taurasi’ had a nice minerality but the finish was not that long.

The wine can be paired well with all types of grilled and roasted red meat. I think that especially women will like this red wine because it is not too heavy. At least that was my impression from the Slow Wine 2013 wine fair. In Munich the wine retails for 19.50€. 

3.5 / 5 stars      

To buy or not to buy?

I gave this wine a 3.5/5 rating so I recommend trying it. If you do not remember how the wine rating system from Vino in Love works then follow this link I thought about giving it a 4/5 but I found the finish to be too short and I missed some more fruit aromas. Nevertheless I will try this wine again. 

Did you know that a different wine from Feudi di San Gregorio is in my current top 10? Feudi’s Greco di Tufo DOCG is outstanding

Photo Credits: Valley of the wines by Hank Hirschfeld with a CC 2.0 license a me piacciono i raggi di sole by  grazie davero with a CC 2.0 license Irpinia’s fantasy landscape by Phlegrean with a CC 2.0 license Torella dei Lombardi #4 by Chiara Marra with a CC 2.0 license

One of my upcoming wine reviews will take us back to Sicily where I’ll talk about Mille e una Notte, a prestigious wine from Donnafugata. Furthermore, I wanted to let you know that I am collaborating with Suzanne from apuginthekitchen on a dessert and wine pairing posts. So stay tuned for that as well.


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17 comments on “2008 Feudi di San Gregorio – Taurasi – Taurasi DOCG”

  1. drinkforlife Reply

    I find so so interesting that you will make a wine and dessert post together with apuginthekitchen. Can’t wait for that!

    Regarding the Taurasi from Feudi I have to say excellent review. Great analysis.

  2. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    Aglianico is such a difficult grape so I’m not a big fan of Taurasi and Aglianico del Vulture. When it comes to Italian wines I prefer Chianti a lot more but I guess that you can’t really compare the them with one another.

  3. Sean P. Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I think from the description i would like this wine a lot.

  4. Eatwithnamie Reply

    Taurasi must be related to Taurus, which is my star sign 🙂 İ have a good feeling about the place, but the wine…İ generally find hot climate wines lacking characters and acidity except Australian shiraz…what do you think? Maybe İ am viased…:p

    • vino in love Reply

      Eatwithnamie,
      The name reminds me of Taurus as well!!
      Some Southern Italian wines like Selvarossa Riserva from Cantine Due Palme are very good. It depends on the winery really. This Taurasi lacked a bit of character though

  5. winetalks winetalks Reply

    Lovely pictures. I have never been to Campania. My trip to Abruzzo was very nice though. Next time I go to Italy I want to stay like 6 weeks or so and travel around the country. That be so cool!

    I like your tasting notes for the Taurasi. However I think you should have rated the wine higher because it costs less than €20!! That’s insanely cheap.

  6. Suzanne Reply

    Beautiful photo’s and I was immediately drawn to the name (my astrological sign is Taurus) that could be the reason for the instant attraction. Would the short finish have anything to do with the aging process? It sounds like a nice wine and worth trying,

    • vino in love Reply

      I don’t know why the wine had a rather short finish. As far as I know the aging process doesn’t have anything to do with it. It’s more likely that the yield is too high. Low yield is more expensive to produce but results in better quality. In Europe, yield is measured in hectoliters per hectare. The more grapes a winery produces on one hectare the higher the yield will be. Can’t remember the yield of the Taurasi but it was probably rather high.

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