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Senior editor Alison Napjus joined Wine Spectator in 2000. She is the lead taster for Alsace, Beaujolais and Champagne and also tastes wines from regions throughout Italy.
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A Sunny Southern Red in Sorrento

Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Campania Rubrato 2007

Alison Napjus
Posted: September 27, 2010

As a lover of all wines Italian, I, of course, made it a point to sample a wide range of wines and producers during my recent vacation in Italy. My last night there found me in a traditional trattoria in Sorrento, where the mozzarella cheese of the Caprese salad just melts in your mouth and everything you order is loaded with delicious local produce and flavor.

Accordingly, a local wine was in order, and I selected a red from a producer that I know better for its whites, Feudi di San Gregorio. I was banking on the quality this producer shows in its whites carrying over to the reds and, before I even got the bottle to taste, my suspicions were confirmed when the server told me, "Ah! You order the best."

The "best" was exactly the way I like it—a delicious bottle of wine at a good price, 14 euros on the restaurant's wine list and about $16 retail in the United States. In its Rubrato bottling, Feudi takes the sometimes-rustic Aglianico grape and produces a stylish red. The wine boasted fresh acidity and a core of kirsch, currant and blackberry fruit, along with well-integrated tannins and a nice spice-tinged finish. I rated it 89 points, non-blind, and plan to make it a regular part of my wine cellar—a great way to keep the memories of a terrific vacation alive.

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Feudi Di San Gregorio Spa
Sorbo Serpico, Italy —  September 27, 2010 11:45am ET
Dear Alison, thank you very much for your words and for finding some place in your cellar for our Rubrato! 2007 was indeed a very interesting vintage showing the first (promising, I hope) results in improving the style of this difficult but extraordinary Aglianico. I am looking forward to hear your views on 2008 vintage, which will be introduced shortly in the US.
All the best

Antonio Capaldo
Feudi di San Gregorio

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