I received a bottle of 2008 Terredora Greco Di Tufo Loggia Della Serra recently. The producer is from Campania, one of my favorite wine regions and where the Italian side of my family originates from.
As I looked at the label I realized this was not my first encounter with Terredora. I’ve previously sampled the Terredora Aglianico Irpinia DOC Il Principio, a bottle I received from working the International Wine Challenge in London last year, and the Terredora Taurasi DOCG Fatica Contadina. The two reds are both made from 100% aglianico.
I recall enjoying both very much, due largely to their intense ruby red color with garnet and violet hues. There are notes of black cherry and blackberry and plum flavors on the nose and palate, as well as some spice. Both are well structured, and the Taurasi certainly has the ability to age for a bit.
Tonight’s Greco Di Tufo, come from the greco grapes that are harvested in the second two weeks of October. The must is settled and then fermented at cool temperatures using selected yeasts, the producer says. The wine is aged on its lees in stainless steel but sees no oak.
The color is pale-medium gold and the nose displays rich and powerfully aromatic notes including apricot, apple, peach and citrus fruits. On the palate it is full bodied, soft and well balanced with excellent acidity.
All of the Terredora wines have been delightful, and all are quite affordable. It’s a wine I’d recommend to friends, and that I’d seek out on wine lists and in liquor stores.
It’s rare to find a producer with such scope and that delivers consistently. Terredora certainly is one of those producers.
If only it were so simple to find people in our lives with such dimension, reliability and who can repeatedly deliver and please.
City Wine Merchant Selection: 2008 Terredora Greco Di Tufo Loggia Della Serra
A friend and consultant to City Wine Merchant, Krista is a financial journalist with a wine hobby. While covering the European debt markets in London, Krista received her accreditation at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Now back in New York City, Krista continues to cover the US markets while working part-time at the Italian Wine Merchants and maintaining a wine blog. Noble Rot combines Krista’s passion for writing and wine.