Wine Advocate: Exceptional Ratings
The Wine Advocate has given Feudi di San Gregorio exceptional ratings, a great way to start September. Monica Larner gave their Patrimo 2015, a 97 point rating and called it a proud protagonist of Vino Italiano. She says that the 2015 is a unique expression of Merlot that merits special attention in this excellent vintage. She said, “This is one of the finest editions every produced and I say that based on the extreme richness, complexity and finesse that unwraps before your eyes and taste buds. Make no mistake, this is a Big wine with a capital B.”
She added that “its aromas of blackberry, spice and dark leather are delivered with super-sized exuberance and opulence. The mouthfeel is richly developed and centered. The mouthfeel needs to flesh out further. This is a bottle to put at the back of your cellar. Drink date 2018-2035.”
The 2016 and 2015 Fiano di Avellino wines also got great scores, 92, respectively. Of the 2016, Larner says this is one of Feudi di San Gregorio’s strongest performers. The 2016 Fiano di Avellino is refined and pure with extreme silkiness on the close. The wine’s fiber is absolutely smooth, and it offers a seamless continuum of stone fruit and citrus flavors that stream over the palate in a steady flow. Drink 2017-2022.
For the 2015, Larner wrote that “even the base Fiano shows spectacular results in this lucky vintage. The 2015 Fiano di Avellino is a fragrant and layered white wine with medium-bodied appeal and plush aromatic intensity. The bouquet delivers pristine aromas of peach, pear and Golden Delicious apple with honey and toasted pine nut at the back. The wine glides smoothly over the palate, imparting sweet richness and fresh acidity along the way. Drink 2017-2020.”
Larner also gave good scores for the 2016 and 2015 Greco di Tufo wines, 91 points for each vintage. She said that the 2016 Greco di Tufo is a truly lovely white wine. It is part of Feudi di San Gregorio’s classic wines that depict the now-famous ancient mosaics on the front label. The bouquet reveals lemon custard, peach and dried herb. Pair this wine with an all-Italian plate of spaghetti con le vongole. Drink 2017-2019.
For the 2015, she said the wine was slightly more taut and mineral driven (next to the Fiano di Avellino), the 2015 Greco di Tufo delivers loads of appeal but on a slightly different level. This wine shows sharp contours and a zesty personality that leave a note of tangy spice on the palate. The wine’s texture is lean and streamlined, but the freshness is spot-on. Drink 2017-2020.
Larner gave the 2016 Falanghina del Sannio, an 89 points rating, and said it is a terrific wine with easy-drinking appeal. The wine is lightweight and crisp with a cheerful disposition. Made in a reductive style, the bouquet is a bit shy at first, but eventually it produces attractive and balanced aromas of lemon zest and white peach. Drink 2017-2019.
The easygoing 2015 Falanghina del Sannio, also garnered an 89 point rating. Monica Larner said that it opens to bright crispness and vibrant primary fruit with stone fruit, fresh apricot and lemon zest. The wine hits the palate in a direct and immediate fashion, offering a great sense of zestiness and freshness along the way. This is the quintessential summer sipper. Drink 2017-2019.
Here is an entry-level Aglianico from Feudi di San Gregorio, one of Campania’s most prolific producers. The 2015 Irpinia Aglianico Rubrato, rated 89 points, offers an exciting and exuberant bouquet with dark fruit, pressed cherry and crème de cassis. The finish is tight and acidic with sour cherry flavors and wild blueberry. This is a great pasta wine for weeknights at home with the family. Drink 2017-2020.
The 2014 Irpinia Aglianico Rubrato, rated 88 points, reveals fresh tones of cherry, raspberry and lightly toasted almond. This medium-bodied wine is easygoing and one-dimensional, but those informal qualities add to its overall appeal. This Southern Italian red would make a perfect pairing partner to pizza with spicy sausage and crusty mozzarella. Drink 2017-2021.