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San Salvatore Ceraso Paestum Aglianico 2019

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750ML / 13% ABV
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3.6 17 Ratings
750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Full-bodied and exuberant with notes of plum and sweet spices. Accompanies all dishes with strong flavors, especially medium and aged cheeses, and roasted and grilled meat.

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The 2019 Aglianico Ceraso takes some time to open in the glass, as it slowly blows off its youthfully reductive state. Beneath, a pretty display of wet stone, violets and crushed blackberries can be found. This is elegant and soothing on the palate, contrasting ripe black fruits and sweet spices with salty minerals and vibrant acidity. It finishes remarkably long, staining and with grippy tension, as fine tannins frame the experience and leave floral nuances over a reverberating core of licorice. There’s a lot going on under the surface here, which only time will reveal. If enjoying the 2019 today, make sure to decant for at least an hour. Best after 2023.

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San Salvatore, Italy
San Salvatore San Salvatore is located in the heart of the Cilento National Park, near Paestum, Stio and Giungano, in the Campania region of southern Italy. With 149 hectares devoted to organically-farmed agriculture, including vineyards, olive groves, and crops that support their 550-head of water buffalo, San Salvatore has quickly become one of Italy's most environmentally-concious azienda agricolas. In 2006 Giuseppe Pagano, a successful entrepreneur and hotelier in the Paestum region of Campania, created San Salvatore 1988 from a series of unique plots of land in Cilento and various vineyards across the region. The winery is named for Giuseppe's firstborn son, Salvatore, who was born in 1988. Already famous for his 500-head herd of Bufala and delicious Mozzarella, Giuseppe built a state-of-the-art winery where he marries the importance of tradition with the latest advances in winemaking techinques. San Salvatore's first harvest was in 2009, but their historic vineyards were planted by the Ancient Greeks with the same varieties that continue to flourish in this region today: Falanghina, Fiano, Greco, and Aglianico. This mountainous region of Campania has a high level of biodiversity and the soil is rich in minerals. The influence of the nearby sea and ideal sun exposure help to create an ideal microclimate for viticulture and other crops. Deeply committed to preserving the delicate balance of the land, San Salvatore takes a special interest in cultivating the vineyards without synthetic products or genetically modified organisms and uses biodynamic preparations like horn dung that favor the natural fertility of the ground and the production of benficial humus. Vines are also protected from pest and disease with the careful use of copper and sulfur when necessary. . From supplying their own power needs with an onsite photovoltaic plant and a biodigester, to reducing their carbon footprint and emissions through innovative processes. San Salvatore has truly excelled at achieving sustainable living ideals and continues to set the standard for environmental practices in the Italian wine industry.
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A winemaking renaissance is underfoot in Campania as more and more small, artisan and family-run wineries redefine their style with vineyard improvements and cellar upgrades. The region boasts a cool Mediterranean climate with extreme coastal, as well as high elevation mountain terroirs. It is cooler than one might expect in Campania; the region usually sees some of the last harvest dates in Italy.

Just south of Mount Vesuvio, the volcanic and sandy soils create aromatic and fresh reds based on Piedirosso and whites, made from Coda di Volpe and Falanghina. Both reds and whites go by the name, Lacryma Christi, meaning the "tears of Christ." South of Mount Vesuvio, along the Amalfi Coast, the white varieties of Falanghina and Biancolella make fresh, flirty, mineral-driven whites, and the red Piedirosso and Sciasinoso vines, which cling to steeply terraced coastlines, make snappy and ripe red wines.

Farther inland, as hills become mountains, the limestone soil of Irpinia supports the whites Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo as well as the most-respected red of the south, Aglianico. Here the best and most age-worthy examples come from Taurasi.

Farther north and inland near the city of Benevento, the Taburno region also produces Aglianico of note—called Aglianico del Taburno—on alluvial soils. While not boasting the same heft as Taurasi, these are also reliable components of any cellar.

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Making its home in the mountainous southern Italy, Aglianico is a bold red variety that is late to ripen and often spends until November on the vine. It thrives in Campania as the exclusive variety in the age-worthy red wine called Taurasi. Aglianico also has great success in the volcanic soils of Basilicata where it makes the robust, Aglianico del Vulture. Somm Secret—The name “Aglianico” bears striking resemblance to Ellenico, the Italian word for "Greek," but no evidence shows it has Greek ancestry. However, it first appeared in Italy around an ancient Greek colony located in present-day Avellino, Campania.

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