Recently I have had the chance to taste the latest vintages of the wines of Sertura with vineyards located in Prata di Principato Ultra (province of Avellino) in Campania region. Essential wines sewn around the varieties and the territory from which they come from: the notorious Irpinia.
This is the soul of Giancarlo Barbieri’s wines, the gentleman-owner who has been leading the winery 2008. No proclamations: accuracy and perseverance are the characteristic traits of a production only focused on native grapes for a total of 20,000 bottles and 4 wines: Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo, Aglianico and Taurasi.
- FIANO DI AVELLINO DOCG 2017
A wine, Fiano di Avellino, with a sophisticated character that reveals with elegant reluctance and only to those who know how to wait for it. Giancarlo Barbieri of Sertura knows this well and so, for both whites (Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo) he waits for at least a year before releasing them onto the market.
Bright lemon and “rhythmic” on the nose: candied lemon and lime juice before expressing notes of wild linden and sea stone, with sulfurous hints. The firm structure combines with freshness and savouriness. At the same time, the texture is velvety. A harmonious wine with a good potential for ageing.
- GRECO DI TUFO DOCG 2017
The smallest DOCG of Irpinia area (3 in total: Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Taurasi) but probably the most popular one, perhaps also thanks to a vehemence that seems to make it somehow more immediate.
A certain structure is evident since the beginning. Intense and austere nose, rather vertical with notes of broom, flint and a sweet touch of sugared almond. On the palate is “muscular” but with a well-balanced acidity; anyway lively. Masculine, with a long finish.
- TAURASI DOCG 2012
The noble red of southern Italy.
Deep ruby. Strong and complex nose with aromas of black cherry, pepper and kirsch, then smoke, tobacco and chocolate along with a sweet touch of nutmeg combined to notes of forest floor, cinnamon, walnut and lavender.
Imposing tannins and acidity mark the unmistakable traits of Aglianico of this well-defined version whose finish offers notes of red berries and roots. The high potential for ageing promises a better integration of its young impetus.