“A new wave of wines from Campania that showcase how special the Aglianico grape can be.” – Robert Parker, Jr.
“Over the course of four decades, owner-winemaker Salvatore Molettieri has quietly joined the roster of top producers of the local Aglianico grape from southern Italy’s Campania region–specifically its prized Taurasi appellation. Today, Molettieri’s four sons have joined him at the winery, with the eldest, Giovanni, overseeing work in the vineyard and cellar alongside his father. The Molettieris produce three Aglianicos from the Cinque Querce vineyard, aging the introductory Taurasi (versus the riserva) for almost four years in a combination of large oak casks and French oak barriques.” – Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2021
“Molettieri owns some of the best-located vineyards in Taurasi and his wines are textbook, uncompromising examples of what Aglianico can do here.” – Stephen Tanzer
Salvatore Molettieri, the talented owner of the estate, comes from an old farming family and manages his estate together with his son Giovanni, a trained oenologist. The first wine was bottled with the 1988 vintage and their sustainably-farmed vineyards now extend for thirteen hectares in Montemarano, historically one of the two finest crus of the appellation. At 550 meters elevation, perfect ripening here occurs in the first week of November, yielding wines of powerful authority and concentration. The average total production of the estate is approximately 5,500 cases per year.