Guastaferro 'Primum' Riserva, Taurasi DOCG, Italy, 2007
Today, I want to introduce you to an exceptional product coming out of Italy. The quality of this bottle is extraordinary, and I suspect it will be a catalyst for many of you to fall back in love with wine.
Aglianico, an ancient treasure that is gaining ground and gaining a great deal of my attention, now that I have discovered one of the greatest expressions of this fruit. This is the 2007 Guastaferro—a legend already, but man am I on board!
I knew immediately I had to get some, and more importantly, that I had to share it. Aglianico could very well be the oldest wine grape of them all, possibly the greatest as well! This is a serious bottle of wine, worth every penny. This wine needs to be from a great vintage, and 2007 is that vintage.
- The vines are almost 180-years-old—own-rooted!
- Winemaker's name is Raffaele Guastaferro.
- Taurasi is a DOCG (the highest designation of quality for Italian wines).
- This style rewards a long resting time in the cellar, proven by the quality that 12 years has resulted in for the small amount I purchased.
- While this bottle is ready to drink now, I am confident it will survive another generation in your cellar. But I dare you not to drink it all. It will haunt you, as it has haunted me.
It obviously comes from a pedigree fruit, just based on its presence in the glass. Check out the color—is black even possible? It is stunningly opaque! The richness in the glass, an amazing nose: bold, spicy, intense, rich and aromatic! The wine improves for hours, maybe even days by the glass. I could smile just smelling this wine… It stains your memory! The mouth is intense, powerful, dense, fleshy, twisted steel, covered in cherry skins, and an intense balance in a massive frame. Warning: you must love tannin to enjoy this experience. 99 points! Literally almost off the charts!
Ideal for those that like wines like Brunello or Super Tuscan, but this will put them in their places. The wine is distinctive, bolder yet balanced, defined yet polished, classic and old school, but charming, and leaves nothing but happiness. I have never scored a wine with a perfect hundred, but I'm not sure how much better this grape or wine could be. And I only get to taste this wine now. It may have approached perfection because of its 12 years of age, but it has a long run ahead of it. Who knows where it will be in ten, twenty years.
Sadly, I only found 11 bottles. Search the world. There are only a few out there... grab them if you can. Compare it to anything $200+ and it will send you back for another bottle. As soon as I find them again, I will be purchasing more.
Other wines that make me feel this way? 1990 Rayas, 1961 Cheval Blanc, 1914 Musigny (Jadot/Vogue) and other wines that cost thousands. This is that special.
These are my intentions with Merchant of Wine—I want to be able to offer wines that others don’t, or can’t. At $100 a bottle, the Guastaferro might not be considered a budget wine, but as someone who is familiar with wines at ten times the price, it is certainly a bargain. If you want to take a bottle to dinner and blow the table over, this is it. Your friends drink Caymus Special Select. Show them a real wine... a wine with a spine!
Let’s discover gorgeous wines together. If you disagree, if you come to a different conclusion about these offerings, let me know. I want to hear what you think. But I want you to know that you can trust me, and that I will continue to share my taste and my knowledge while we all learn and discover together.