Wine name:Irpinia Aglianico
Appellation:IRPINIA AGLIANICO DOC
Zone:Montemarano (province of Avellino)
Vineyard extension (hectares):5
Vineyard age (year of planting):Aglianico 1991,2000
Altitude:500-550 meters above sea level
Colour:Dark and intense ruby red
Nose:Intense, deep, spicy notes of nutmeg, elegant balsamic nuances that mingle with ripe marasca cherry, cloves and cocoa notes
Flavour:Warm, full, supple, long and complex aromatic persistence, tightly knit tannins. Long finish of ripe fruit and of coffee toasting
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Match with:Game, red meat, medium seasoned cheese
Average no. bottles/year:25,000
Vineyard density: 2,500 vines/hectare
Vinification and ageing
The clusters are destemmed and crushed softly. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration with the skins for at least 12 days with temperature control at 24-25 degrees Celsius. The wine is racked in steel where it clarifies naturally. 50% of the wine matures in second and third use barriques, 50% in large oak casks (capacity 50-60-70-80 hectolitres). Every five months the wine in the barriques gets racked into the large oak casks and vice versa. The wine matures for 24 months in total. Finishing in the bottle for 5 months.
Address:Contrada Iampenne, 36 83040 Montemarano AV
Year of establishment:1995
Total annual production:66000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):13
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):13ha Aglianico
Vine training system:
double modified Guyot
Cultivation method in the vineyard:The soil on the aisles is tilled or not depending on climate
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Harvest period:End of October, first week of November
The Azienda Vitivinicola Salvatore Molettieri was established in 1983, but viticulture and wine making have been a tradition of the family for four generations. The work in the ancient family vineyards and thirty years of experience at the estate are part of the knowledge of Salvatore, vigneron and wine maker and, thanks to this, the estate now has an important position on the national and international markets.
Salvatore is supported by his four sons, Giovanni (the oenologist and agronomist of the estate), Giuseppe, Luigi and Paolo in the management of the estate and by his wife Angela, the keeper of the family traditions, and a fantastic cook!
The vineyards of the estate stand on the hills of Montemarano, one of the seventeen small towns which are part of the Taurasi DOCG appellation. This area is surrounded by mountains which offer protection against winds and hail. It is one of the best areas for the Aglianico grape variety. The altitude is 500-550 meters above sea level. There is an excellent temperature range between day and night. It is also an area with an optimal ventilation that prevents disease. The soil is semi-compact clay with gravel (called rapillo in the local dialect).
The Aglianico vineyards extend for approximately 13 hectares. Vineyards of Greco in Montefusco (within the Greco di Tufo DOCG appellation) and of Fiano in Lapio (within the Fiano di Avellino DOCG appellation) are contracted. The “Cinque Querce” vineyard (of approximately 9 hectares), the cru of the estate, stands in the Iampenne district of Montemarano.
There is great attention to the environment: no weed killers are used, grass is left on the aisles and only copper and sulphur base products are sprayed. Only organic fertilizer is used every 6-7 years.
The spacious and modern new cellar, a large part of which was built by excavating rock, was completed in 2005.
The wines produced are: Taurasi DOCG “Vigna Cinque Querce”, Taurasi DOCG “Vigna Cinque Querce” Riserva, Taurasi DOCG “Renonno”, Irpinia Aglianico DOC, Fiano di Avellino DOCG, Greco di Tufo DOCG. The average total production is approximately 66,000 bottles/year