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94 Points, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast

REVIEWS

Made from a rare and nearly extinct grape variety of the same name, Sirica opens with intense aromas of blackberry, leather, violets, underbrush and Mediterranean herbs. The delicious palate doles out mature black cherry, blueberry, black pepper, clove and grilled sage alongside velvety tannins and fresh acidity. It's beautifully balanced and will continue to evolve well over the next decade. - Wine Enthusiast

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Sirica, Italian Red
  • APPELLATION
    Campania, Southern Italy, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    13.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Established back in 1986 (when this part of Italy was still a vinous backwater), the ultra-modern Feudi di San Gregorio estate was instrumental in bringing international attention to Campania and to the region’s many indigenous grapes. Among them, Sirica is as ancient and esoteric as they come.

The grape’s closest relatives are Teroldego, Lagrein and Refosco, a wee fact that means something only to the true wine geek. We think Wine Enthusiast’s description (along with it’s 94-point score and Editors’ Choice award) says it best: “Sirica opens with intense aromas of blackberry, leather, violets, underbrush and Mediterranean herbs. The delicious palate doles out mature black cherry, blueberry, black pepper, clove and grilled sage alongside velvety tannins and fresh acidity. It's beautifully balanced and will continue to evolve well over the next decade.” Decant and drink this wowser of a red with lamb or beef.

·    “Campania’s best producers, both small and large, are making some of Italy’s most interesting wines,” writes Vinous.

·    As the winery credited with putting Campania on the map, Feudi San Gregorio wines have earned more than 220 90+ reviews and 25 Tre Bicchieri awards.

·    Sirica is both the name of the wine and the name of the grape variety used to make it. Brought back from the edge of extinction by Feudi San Gregorio this Campanian native remains among the rarest grape varieties on the planet.

·    The 2012 vintage was rated 92 points by the Wine Enthusiast and 91 points by the Wine Advocate.

TASTING NOTES 

"The delicious palate doles out mature black cherry, blueberry, black pepper, clove and grilled sage alongside velvety tannins and fresh acidity." -Wine Enthusiast

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

A modern expression of a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication to the land, Feudi di San Gregorio is Campania's premier winemaking estate. Situated in the village of Sorbo Serpico in one of Italy's most exciting and innovative wine regions, Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 in a joint venture between the Ercolino and Capaldo families of Irpinia. The proprietors of this family-run estate have selected the finest vineyards in which to nurture this region's unique, indigenous varietals.

The results have been remarkable – the wines of Feudi di San Gregorio have met time and again with stellar reviews and have garnered international critical acclaim. Owner and winemaker Enzo Ercolino works closely with consultant Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy's foremost enologists.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Cold meats and salami, Lamb, Medium-aged cheeses, Meat stewed, pork knuckle baked, Pasta all'amatriciana, Roast meat, schidionati meat and game