Murella 2018

Terre Del Volturno, Campania
Red wine from Italy
Drinking window: 2025 - 2030

The 2018 Pallagrello Nero Murella grumbles up from the glass, leading off with a whiff of crushed ashen stones that evolve into waves of citrus-tinged blackberries and savory herbs. This is texturally deep and nearly creamy in feel. It's lifted and sleek, with crisp wild berry fruits mixing with its saline-mineral core. Mint and savory spice nuances mingle as the 2018 flexes its structural muscles, finishing long and youthfully tense. This is fantastic, especially in the context of the vintage.

Eric Guido. Tasting date: April 2023

For readers looking to explore off the beaten path, Alois produces several bottlings of Casavecchia, Pallagrello Nero and Pallagrello Bianco that are all worth seeking out. Moreover, Michele Alois provides in-depth details of soil, elevation, vine training, yields and élevage on the back of each bottle. All of the reds are refined in large wooden vats with similar days of maceration, allowing for a more reliable study of terroir and vintage.