Garantito IGP: Grecomusc’ 2011 Campania IGT

Grecomusic Vines

Grecomusic Vines

This time Luciano takes the stand.

We have already had occasion to speak of this wine on Garantito IGP, to be precise the 2008 Grecomusic in the summer of 2010, when there were three of us running the show.

I am happy to return to it, because the story is ongoing, though the winemaker has changed: Vincenzo Mercurio has replaced Maurizio De Simone. The confirmation that the wine reflects its maker comes from the is the stylistic continuity over the vintages despite the fact that the two winemakers involved, both excellent, are very different.

About Grecomusic

About Grecomusic

Grecomusc, instead follows its course, revolving around the minerlaity of the terroir of Taurasi, Bonito and Passo di Mirabella, where the grapes necessary to make a few more than 2000 bottles are picked.

One of the many pearls of Southern biodiversity, this grape had almost vanished, and survived thanks to the memories of a few old farmers who still had it.  We have always liked the Contrade di Taurasi Project because of its logical, and not commercial rationality, which perversely contributes to making it commercially quite interesting.

Instead of making fiano, greco, or falangina like almost all the other small Irpinian wineries, the winery established by Sandro Lonardo, which is now run by his daughter Antonella and his son-in-law Flavio Castaldo, has worked rigorously with Aglianico, using natural yeasts after a meeting with Professor Giancarlo Moschetti, who has also joined the team. And as a white, this exciting project, which began in 2004.

Grecomusic: The Bottle!

Grecomusic: The Bottle!

Not even 10 vintages, but the first Grecomusic vertical, held at Posillipo at the end of 2011 did make some things clear: Foremost, the longevity of the whites grown on the volcanic soils of Irpinia. Second, the clean essential style of straight vinification in steel. Third, the strength and power of this white, which is sufficient that it was able to successfully follow, think about this, a Taurasi vertical held in Rome on January 24.

Grecomusic is an enticing wine, elegant, long, fresh, full bodied, and whose citrussy accents follow the fumé notes are very pleasant. It’s also a wine of terroir, not an invention, and fully expresses Irpinia’s terrific ability to offer wine lovers new prospectives. The journey is long from over.

Contrade di Taurasi
Via Municipio, 39 Tel.0827.74483 
Hectares: 5,5.
Bottles produced: 20.000.
Varietals: Aglianico, Grecomusc.
Winemaker Vincenzo Mercurio


Published Simultaneously by IGP, I Giovani Promettenti.Garantito IGP

We Are:

Carlo Macchi
Kyle Phillips
Luciano Pignataro
Roberto Giuliani
Stefano Tesi


About Cosa Bolle in Pentola

Italy boasts an astonishing number of varietals, denominations, and wines, and tremendous changes are sweeping the land. New wines are being created, new DOCs are being introduced, and the existing denominations are overhauling their regulations both to reflect the practices adopted by their member wineries and to favor improvements in quality. Even the most staid and stolid region can flower seemingly overnight, emerging with exciting new wines and wineries that require rewriting the enological maps and rethinking one's positions. And, of course, recipes too, because cuisine and wine are closely intertwined and it's difficult to imagine one without the other.
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