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Taurasi DOCG 2012 Di Umberto, Donnachiara

Taurasi DOCG 2012 Di Umberto, Donnachiara

Wine Spectator
James Suckling
Wine Enthusiast
Decanter Magazine

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About Taurasi DOCG 2012 Di Umberto, Donnachiara

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. Just 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 Enologist Ricardo Coltarella is now 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. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 90 points saying "Underbrush, toasted oak, violet and baking spice aromas lead to the dense palate along with prune, dried cherry, vanilla and a hint of orange zest. Dusty fine-grained tannins provide the framework. Drink 2019–2027." and James Suckling scored this 93 points saying "A beautiful red with red chili, blackcurrant, Chinese mushroom and light stone. Full-bodied and super-polished and structured. Powerful tannins at end with hints of black pepper. Pretty finish. Drink in 2017." and in Decanter Magazines Asia Wine Awards Competition this scored 95 Platinum, they said "Deep ruby appearance with a spicy, smoky nose of dense black and red berry fruit characters. Dry and refreshing on the palate with grippy tannins and a creamy, ripe finish."

Wine Details

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

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