Donnachiara 2015 Taurasi DOCG

Donnachiara 2015 Taurasi DOCG

93
Wine Advocate
92
James Suckling

A "Rising Star" Italian red made by Celebrated Eonologist Ricardo Coltarella!

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About Donnachiara 2015 Taurasi DOCG

Taurasi is one of Italy's great wines and yet it is still undiscovered by many wine lovers. Only a handful of wineries produce this high altitude red, and Donnachiara is one of the newest. Profiled in Wine Enthusiast Magazine as a Rising Star, the vineyards are family owned and have been for five generations but the brand new, very modern winery was just established in 2005. Aglianico vineyards slope down the steep hillsides in this mountainous region of Southern Italy. Campania, where Taurasi is located is drenched in sunlight but the high altitude tempers the climate and extends the growing season, allowing the grapes to develop ideal balance of sugars, acids and tannins as well as take on complex flavors.

Celebrated Eonologist Ricardo Coltarella is in charge of the process. The wine must be aged for three years before release by DOC law and Donnachiara ages this 100% Aglianico Taurasi in French oak barriques for 12 months adding layers of flavor and dimension. It shows delightful dark berry fruit and mineral richness that's very appealing even at this early stage, as Taurasi typically ages for decades. Taurasi is never inexpensive but perhaps the most remarkable thing about this wine is that it tastes like it should cost twice as much. It offers an amazing value for a wine of this quality.


James Suckling scored this 92 points saying "Loads of dried fruit here, including mulberries and morello cherries that combine with cloves and vanilla essence. Full-bodied with ripe tannins, a plethora of ripe fruit and a fruit-forward finish. Drink in 2022."


The Wine Advocate scored this 93 points saying "The 2015 Taurasi is a lovely offering from Donnachiara, showing a creamy aromatic profile, with spice, cured meat and forest berry followed by beautifully linear tones of black fruit and plum. The time the wine ages in barrique was extended to 12 months in this vintage, and it carries smoky notes that are opulent and generous."

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 14.0%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country Italy

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2009 Wine Spectator
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2011 James Suckling
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2011 Antonio Galloni, Vinous
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2011 Wine Advocate
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