irpinia aglianico d.o.c.
Made from Aglianico grapes grown in our own vineyards. This is one of the labels closely associated with the founding of the Terredora winery. Produced since the first very harvest, it has a highly evocative name: Il Principio (The beginning) ... A new business history but also the history of a wine that, thanks to the grape variety, enjoys characteristic longevity and elegant tannins that time turns into velvety smoothness.
Variety: 100% Aglianico.
Production area: family-owned vineyards in Montemiletto.
Winemaking: carefully selected grapes are vinified with an average period of maceration on the skins of 8-10 days. After alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, the wine ages in small oak barrels for 12-18 months, and then for at least 24-30 months in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: deep ruby red color with typical aromas of black cherry, wild blackberry and plum, which evolve into spicy and toasted hints. The wine is elegant and soft, with long persistence and agreeable flavors of red fruit, plum jam, cloves and black pepper. A harmonious, rounded wine, with a remarkable structure and long aging potential.
Food Pairings: ideal with soups, white and red meat, roast, stewed and cured meat, game. Perfect with woodcock with truffles and hare, as well as medium-mature cheese such as Caciocavallo.
Best served at 18°-20°C.
2010: 3 stelle - Guida Veronelli 2017
2006: 90 points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate,13 Jul, 2008
2006: BRONZE - The International Wine Challenge 2009
2006: BRONZE - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
2005: BRONZE - Decanter World Wine Awards 2007
2003: SILVER - Decanter World Wine Awards 2006
2003: BRONZE - The International Wine Challenge 2006
2002: SILVER - Decanter World Wine Awards 2005
2000: 90 points, International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 2003