Luigi Tecce - Irpinia Campi Taurasini 'Satyricon' 2019
"If you don’t know the name already, Luigi Tecce belongs on your short list of up-and-coming wineries in Campania. Tasting these wines immediately brings producers such as Paolo Bea, Arianna Occhipinti and Emido Pepe to mind. It’s likely that the day will come that they are spoken about in the same circles." - Eric Guido - Vinous
A visit to Luigi Tecce can get you emotional. Luigi himself is a ball of them, and his Aglianico from Taurasi elicits them. His grandfather’s masseria (farmhouse) and vineyards are located in the Taurasi subzone known as Sud-Alta Valle (South-High Valley). It’s one of Taurasi’s high-altitude growing areas, having a soil that’s layered with sand, limestone and Vesuvius’ pumice; it’s also the dwelling of Luigi’s 80+ year old vine-trees. There’s no enologist and no agronomist, Luigi works in relative solitude. Maybe that’s why there’s such an affinity between him and the wines: exuberant and guarded, archaic and immediate, literary and literal; there’s something theatrical in their pleasure. The wines come from the tradition and grandeur of Mastroberardino’s Taurasi bottlings, but I feel Luigi’s one of a very limited group of Taurasi producers that are eclipsing the old master.
Hand-picked grapes are crushed and then lightly pressed by hand in a small basket press. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for 30 days. Élevage for a minimum of 22 months in stainless steel (Some vintages spend part of this time in 50 hectoliter botti grandi.) Minimum of 6 months in bottle.
Irpinia Campi Taurasini 'Satyricon' is an earlier-drinking wine coming from from 20-year-old vines. A great introduction to the Tecce range of reds.
Producer: Luigi Tecce
Appellation: Irpinia Campi Taurasini
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