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Lonardo, Taurasi Riserva, 2011

Red Wine from Other Italy, Italy


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Powerful and precise, but made using traditional practices (including a four-month-long maceration in 600L tonneaux), this is a soulful, compelling expression of Taurasi from 80-year-old vines. While it's now matured and showing relaxed, beautiful complexity, nothing should stop collectors from laying it down for another decade or two.


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Cantine Lonardo is one of those domaines that have been growing grapes—always organically—for generations, but only started bottling in recent times (1998). They continue to work organically and use traditional practices in the winery. To lovers of traditional Barolo, this will sound familiar: a very long maceration (beyond two months!), aging strictly in large neutral barrels, and wines of depth, power, structure, and soulfulness. The grapes are picked late and yet the alcohols are modest, resulting in wonderfully balanced wines.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 96
"The 2011 Taurasi Riserva pulls you close and holds your attention firm with its deeply alluring bouquet of crushed black cherries plum sauce autumnal spices woodland herbs and hints of animal musk. This fills the palate with rich pliant textures and ripe red and blue berries as nervous acidity maintains wonderful freshness and sweet notes of cinnamon clove and tobacco form toward the close. There?s plenty of tannic grip here yet it?s balanced by the 2011?s mix of opulent concentrated fruit and contrasting sour citrus tones that resonate for what feels like a full minute. Even as you contemplate the experience minerals hints of iodine and rosy inner florals can still be sensed upon the palate. Make no mistake this is a full-throttle expression of Taurasi but it will win the hearts of collectors who enjoy a bigger and old-school style."


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  • Style

    Earthy , Spicy , Tannic

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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