Tenuta Cavalier Pepe – Taurasi
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe is situated in the heart of the Avellino province within the municipalities of Luogosano, Sant’Angelo all’Esca, and Taurasi–all of which are designated Taurasi DOCG.
The estate is spread out across more than 40 hectares, most of which are dedicated to vineyards, with a small portion used to grow olive trees and nuts. The entire property lies on slopes about 350-500 meters above sea level with a south-southeastern exposure. The soils are composed of clay with calcareous and sandy layers. The microclimate is characterized by sunny summers and cold, windy winters due to the high elevation of the vineyards. In the fall, the climate undergoes a sharp change, resulting in slower ripening of the grapes and a later harvest between mid-October and early November. All red wines as well as Coda di Volpe are produced exclusively from Cavalier Pepe’s own vineyards.
The Pepe family manage the vineyards personally, in collaboration with professionals. Yields are controlled by limiting fertilization of the vines and managing the soils, with the main goal being to produce high quality grapes.
Irpinia Coda Di Volpe Bianco Di Bellona
Overview: Obtained from the vinification of the Coda di Volpe grape variety, this Bianco di Bellona is dedicated to Bellona, the beautiful goddess of war who was as ruthless in battle as she was sweet and yielding at rest. According to legend, she liked to celebrate her victories together with the troops by offering them this enchanting wine.
Grape Varietals: 100% Coda di Volpe
Location: Vineyards located in the hilly area of Carazita, in the southern side of the municipality of Luogosanto.
Altitude: 300 meters above sea level
Vinification: The grapes, picked in mid-October, are selected in the vineyard and in the cellar where they are left to cool at 8°C for 12 hours and then pressed. First pressings are then separated and clarified with a cold processing system through sedimentation. Fermentation is controlled at a low temperature (15°C -18°C) to fully preserve the fruity aromas of the grapes. Aging in the bottle for 2 months.
Tasting Notes: The color is straw yellow with golden hues. The bouquet is fresh and fruity with notes of pineapple and apricot. On the palate, this wine is full, round, suave, and very persistent.
Food Pairings: Excellent with all fish-based dishes, it is also a pleasant accompaniment to white meat served with light sauces. Thanks to its roundness, this wine is very enjoyable with desserts.
Serving Temperature: 10°C
Falanghina Beneventano Lila IGT
Overview: Falanghina is an ancient vine whose origins date back about two centuries ago, and has found its best expression in Beneventano. It is believed that the etymology of Falanghina comes from the Latin “falanga,” or “stakes for supporting the grapes in a vineyard.” Lila is the result of the vinification of the Falanghina grapes, and Tenuta Cavalier Pepe has had great success enhancing the innate peculiarities of the grape in the resulting wine.
Grape Varietals: 100% Falanghina grapes
Location: The vineyards are situated in the hilly area of Ponte giving it the title Falanghina IGT Beneventano.
Vinification: The grapes are hand picked in boxes of 20 kg, then immediately transported to the cellar, where they undergo a thorough sorting, and are then pressed whole. The clarification of the juice is cold. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature of 15°C to preserve the aromas of the grapes. After fermentation, the wine is aged on lees, followed by a period of aging in bottle.
Tasting Notes: Light straw yellow in color with green tints. The bouquet offers savors of green apple and banana. Fresh and aromatic on the palate with a strong acidity.
Food Pairings: The perfect accompaniment to fresh cheeses, fish, and fruit.
Serving Temperature: 8-10°C
Greco Di Tufo Nestor DOCG
Overview: The Greco di Tufo vine was cultivated before Rome was founded and has found its best expression on the volcanic hills of the Tufo countryside. In Homeric poems, Nestor is described as a hero of extraordinary physical strength who liked to indulge himself in drinking this wine. The chalice from which only he drank bore the following inscription: “I am Nestor’s cup; it is good to drink from. Whoever drinks from this cup will be seized by desire for Aphrodite with the beautiful crown”.
Grape Varietal: 100% Greco di Tufo
Location: The hilly area of the Greco di Tufo DOCG appellation
Vinification: Grapes are hand-picked, placed in 20-kg crates and sorted in the cellar. The whole grapes are then dropped into the press. Light pressings are then cold decanted to eliminate turbidity. During alcoholic fermentation, temperature is kept low at 15°C-18°C. The wine is left to age on thin lees for 2 months. Aging continues in the bottle for a further 2 months.
Tasting Notes: Intense yellow color with golden hues. Complex aromas of white and citrus fruit with a mineral note. The wine is full, rich, and suave on the palate with long persistence.
Food Pairings: Suited to accompany fish and shellfish, or elaborate pasta dishes with truffles. Pleasant with white meat.
Serving Temperature: 10° C
Opera Mia Taurasi DOCG
Overview: Recognized as DOCG since 1993, Taurasi is definitely the most prestigious red wine of Irpinia. Originally brought to the region by the Greeks, the high quality Aglianico vine has found its best expression in the soil of the green Irpinia hills. Opera is the result of the vinification of pure Aglianico grapes from the Pesano vineyard. This southern-facing terroir has clayey-calcareous soil and rises to a height of 300 meters above sea level, producing a full-bodied, complex Taurasi that undergoes an extremely long aging process.
Grape Varietals: 100% Aglianico
Location: The vineyard is situated on the southern side of the Pesano hill, in the area of the Taurasi DOCG appellation.
Vinification: The grapes are hand-picked during the first 10 days of November, then sorted in the vineyard and in the cellar. The grapes undergo a pre-fermentation cold maceration to optimize color extraction and fruity aromas. Alcoholic fermentation follows with the maceration of the skins for 21 days in order to extract the Aglianico tannins with gentle techniques. The wine is then aged in French oak barriques (Allier and Tronçais) for 18 months, after which it is left to age in the bottle for a further 12 months.
Tasting Notes: Deep ruby red in color. The nose has complex aromas of boozy, ripe, red fruit, dried prunes, and spices. The palate is full-bodied with a good presence of fine tannins. Full and enveloping with a long, intense finish.
Food Pairings: Particularly suited to accompany roasted meats, game, full-flavored cheeses, and salami.
Serving Suggestion: Decant one hour prior to serving at a temperature of 20°C.
Fiano Di Avellino Refiano DOCG
Overview: Fiano di Avellino is produced from the homonymous grape and derives from the Latin word “apis”,
meaning “bees attracted by the sweetness of the grapes”. The south of Italy, called “Magna Graecia”, was the cradle of civilization and the land where the Greeks cultivated the vines that produced the wines served at their banquets. In the territory of Avellino, the wine called Fiano was produced for the consumption of the kings of Ancient Greece.
Grape Varietal: 100% Fiano
Location: The hilly area of the Fiano di Avellino DOCG appellation, within the municipality of Lapio
Vinification: Grapes are hand-picked and undergo a rigorous sorting in the cellar. They are then immediately pressed and the must is left to cool at 8°C for 24 hours. Fermentation is always controlled at a temperature ranging from 15°C-18°C. The wine is then left to age in stainless steel tanks for 4 months and in the bottle for a further 2 months.
Tasting Notes: Light straw yellow color. The nose has fruity aromas of apple, pear, and white flowers. Dry and aromatic with a well-balanced acidity.
Food Pairings: Ideal with fish and shellfish, it expresses its full potential when paired with fresh and seawater fish. Serve at a temperature of 10°C.
2013 Reviews: “Well-cut acidity and a chalky edge lend a fine frame to the poached pear and almond skin flavors, revealing aromatic notes of geranium, ground spice, honey and verbena. Offers a clean, stony finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,200 cases imported.”-89pts, Wine Spectator
Irpinia Rosso Sanserino DOC
Overview: The Sanserino is produced from Aglianico and in small part from Sangiovese grapes cultivated on the estate. It is a light red wine, lively and aromatic and best consumed when slightly chilled. It should be sniffed with eyes closed, in order to understand and grasp its nuances. It has a fragrant soul as
fascinating as the land from which it is produced.
Grape Varietal: 70% Aglianico, 30% Sangiovese
Location: The hilly terrain surrounding municipalities Luogosano, Taurasi, and S. Angelo all’Esca
Vinification: The grapes are hand-picked, destemmed, and undergo an initial cold maceration. The temperature of fermentation is controlled, and the maceration is optimized with pumping of the must on the skins. After racking, following a vesting period of 10 months in stainless steel vats and 6 months of aging in bottle.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red color. The bouquet has floral scents of violet and cherry. Soft, fruity, and fresh on the palate.
Food Pairings: Pairs well with pasta, sushi, roast lamb, and poultry.
Serving Temperature: 10-12°C