DONNACHIARA, TAURASI DOCG

 

CAMPANIA, ITALY 2017

 

 

When it comes to age-worthy, opulent Italian reds, you may immediately think of Barolo or Brunello—and while you’d be correct, you’d be remiss to forget about Taurasi. A recent Forbes article called this appellation “Italy’s Unsung Great Red'' and continued to note how the wines offer “exceptional quality [that] can age gracefully for decades, just like its more famous counterparts. Make no mistake, Taurasi is one of Italy’s essential wines.” Taurasi hails from a zone of 17 communes in the Irpinia province (also known as Avellino) in the southern region of Campania. Campania boasts a treasure trove of native varieties that have begun to attract the attention of top sommeliers and wine enthusiasts looking to explore; however, the sheer number of producers in Southern Italy makes finding a reputable producer paramount. One of our perennial favorite producers, Donnachiara has been producing wines in the Apennine foothills since 2000, and the portfolio of wines continues to garner accolades and press from top publications for the unbeatable value. Given the resounding success of our previous Donnachiara offers, we’re excited to offer the stunning 95-point 2017 Taurasi—with Concierge-only pricing that calls for stocking up!

 

Taurasi DOCG is widely known as the “Barolo of the South,” but local winemakers claim the region’s winemaking history long surpasses Barolo’s. I wish we had time to take a deep dive into why the Nebbiolo of Barolo has achieved international fame and the Aglianico of Taurasi is only slowly entering the world stage, but the important takeaway is that Taurasi wines are incredibly powerful and built to age. The 2017 vintage has matured beautifully since bottling, and delivers silky tannins and evolved flavors of dark cherry, plum, espresso, and toasty spice. Aglianico wines are praised for boldness that is balanced by finesse and lively acidity, and Donnachiara seems to have perfected this dance. Vinous Media sums it up nicely: “it is safe to say that Campania’s wines have never been this good, and the improvements have been due both to a plethora of new and exciting estates run by a passionate and energetic new generation.” Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this gorgeous red at a super-sharp price!

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2021-2022. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, July 29, 2021.