2017 Stefania Barbot "Ion" Campi Taurasini

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Varietal: Aglianico

Appellation: Irpinia Campi Taurasini DOC (Campania)

Farming: Organic

Tasting notes: A dark ruby in glass with purple hues consistent with its name. On the nose are dark red and black fruit, rose and violet, the signature balsamico of Aglianico, leather, smoked meat, and a whiff of smoke. On the palate the wine is concentrated in flavor, full-bodied and with robust but well-integrated tannin, bracing acidity, and a lengthy finish.

Stefania Barbot and Erminio Sapienza set out to make a wine grown and estate bottled in Taurasi, that was a baby brother to the more famous Taurasi red wine. Their 'Ion' Irpinia Campi Taurasini DOC is ready to drink two years after the harvest but will also last many years. "Ion' means purple in ancient Greek, those cultural influences being strong in Southern Italy.

The couple identified 3 hectares of land at 500 meters of altitude with clay and limestone soil from which to make their organically farmed Taurasini. The grapes are hand harvested and the wine is aged 12 months in stainless steel all done with the guidance of acclaimed enologist Vincenzo Mercurio. Ion is ready to drink now but is so robust it will continue to do so for many years.

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