SALVATORE MOLETTIERI Taurasi DOCG 2016 “Vigna Cinque Querce”


“A fully flared Taurasi, brimming with volcanic fire and brimstone. This said, the mid-palate to finish is a rocky road of compression and release, needing time to unfurl. This augurs for a bright future despite the morass and energy being a little inscrutable. Such is the tension. Shins and elbows. Pithy black cherry, licorice strap, sooty black rock, tobacco and exotic spice, from cardamon, clove, turmeric and curry leaf. A wonderful wine in the making. Drinkable now, but best from 2026.” –  James Suckling, 95 Points

Grape: 100% Aglianico

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Campania is highly recognized by the tourists from all over the world, with the amazing attractions of Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius and Capri island.
There’s also a food scene to be discovered. From pizza-loving Naples to fresh fruits, vegetables and cheeses in the countryside.
The wines of Campania were originally intended as food-friendly table wines but things changed a few decades ago.
The very local white, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino both have their own DOCGs. The red Aglianico, with deep dark cherry flavors, savory spices and leathery goodness, got its DOCG as Taurasi.

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Salvatore Molettieri

Salvatore Molettieri comes from an old farming family and manages his estate together with his son Giovanni, a trained oenologist. The first wine was bottled with the 1988 vintage and their sustainably-farmed vineyards now extend for thirteen hectares in Montemarano, historically one of the two finest crus of the appellation.

“Molettieri owns some of the best-located vineyards in Taurasi and his wines are textbook, uncompromising examples of what Aglianico can do here.” – Stephen Tanzer

“Over the course of four decades, owner-winemaker Salvatore Molettieri has quietly joined the roster of top producers of the local Aglianico grape from southern Italy’s Campania region–specifically its prized Taurasi appellation.” – Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2021

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