Luigi Tecce pouring his wines. (photo from the PortoVino website)

Luigi Tecce - The Prince of Taurasi

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From John Gilman's View from the Cellar #63: "Luigi Tecce is clearly amongst the very finest, if not the finest, winemakers in Taurasi today and he will be a superstar in the very near future...the Bruno Giacosa of the region." I've heard similar superlatives from many people I respect in the industry, including the phrase "the Prince of Taurasi" on more than one occasion. Up until a few weeks ago, I haven't had the opportunity to experience the wines firsthand. Upon tasting the new releases I can safely say I am a convert, and also feel slightly foolish I haven't taken the time to explore these stunning, terroir-driven wines earlier.

Taurasi is one of Italy's most historic volcanic growing regions, with its winemaking origins going back to Greco-Roman times, as long ago as 800BC. Tecce is one of the great traditionalists in the region, forgoing the over-oaked and over-extracted fashion of Taurasi wines from the 80s and 90s for wines of powerful elegance. The grapes grow in the high-altitude Sud-Alta Valle commune of Taurasi, on complex soil layerings of sand, limestone and Vesuvian pumice. Fermentation takes place in large chestnut tini and the wines age in large oak vessels (botti grande), that fully highlight the qualities of the unique volcanic terroir.

With quanities extremely limited, we're very happy offer a new vintage of the Campi Taurasini Satyricon, as well as a few bottles of the previous release. A new wine is showing up as well, the Puro Sangue, which is a real treat, and should be a contender for any serious Italian wine collector's cellar, though it does offer great pleasure and intrigue now. Enjoy! Oskar Kostecki

Tecce, Luigi 2016 Irpinia Campi Taurasini Satyricon

2016 was a near perfect vintage in Taurasi, with just the right amount of rain and temperatures remaining stable throughout the growing season, leading to very classic, structured wines with a lot of tension. Satyricon comes from a 1.5 ha, southwest-facing parcel at 550 meters above sea level. Notes of black cherry, kirsch, and wild black forest fruit interweave with hints of tar, roasted meat, and bitter dark chocolate. The wine has great structure, with very well-integrated medium plus tannins offset by great acidity. A pleasure now, this will have a long life ahead of it, and I wouldn't hesitate aging this for ten to fifteen years. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $44.99

Tecce, Luigi 2013 Taurasi Riserva Puro Sangue

In the words of our friend Ernest from PortoVino: "It’s the mediaeval elixir that the monks saved in the monasteries when Rome was burning." 2013 was the first vintage that Luigi Tecce has released of this wine, a small parcel of ancient Aglianico clones planted in 2000 using the cordone speronato trellising system. The yields here are about half of Tecce's other vineyards, and the wine carries a depth and density that justifies its name. There is beautiful intensity on both the nose and palate, with heady aromas of macerated black cherry, blueberry, and fig, with a smoky mineral/volcanic underbelly and a touch of balsamic. The 2013 is starting to show some slight notes of development, but its still clearly a baby, and will be rewarded with decades in the cellar. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $87.99

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Tecce, Luigi 2015 Irpinia Campi Taurasini Satyricon

 Satyricon comes from a 1.5 ha, southwest-facing parcel at 550 meters above sea level. The 2015 vintage was warmer than 2016, and the wine is slightly more fruit-forward and generous.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99