Estate: Founded in 2005 by Manuela Piancastelli and Peppe Mancini, Terre del Principe is located in the hills of a small village in Castel Campagnano, in Campania, southwestern Italy. The 27 acres of vines are dedicated to the production of ancient, indigenous varietals. One of the goals Peppe Mancini had when creating the estate was to craft a small amount of the wine he remembered his grandfather and neighbors making. After searching for the grapes, he learned that according to the national catalog of varietals, they don’t exist. He spent the next 5 years researching at the University di Napoli under the supervision of Professor Luigi Moio. The duo successfully located the grapes, saving them from extinction. Additionally, they were able to obtain recognition as native Campanian varietals for Pallagrello Bianco, Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia, the very grapes his grandfather used to craft his wine.
Winemaking: “Letting the land speak for itself, Terre del Principe uses no chemical fertilizers and keeps intervention in the field to a minimum, taking steps only to encourage low yields.” Grapes are hand harvested and undergo individual berry selection on a table, followed by prolonged maceration and fermentation at a controlled temperature with native yeasts. Aged for 12 months in new 225L French oak barrels, then one year in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with inviting aromas of blackberry, bramble, graham cracker, peppery spice and wildflowers. Intense layers of dark fruit, pepper spice, chocolate and cedar drape over velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Tobacco, espresso and ganache drizzled berries linger between each plush sip. Robust, velvety and lively, a sip you won’t soon forget. [Super versatile, it was fantastic with spicy and fresh Calabrian chili and ramp pasta, followed by chocolate and hazelnut tartufo.]
Terre del Volturno IGT
Estate Bottled by Terre del Principe Soc. Agr. a r.l.
$95 [Price I paid at Lupa Osteria, currently not available in the US for retail.]
Enjoy now thru 2020