Sunday, July 29, 2018

Wine Review: Feudi di San Gregorio Rubrato Aglianico 2015

Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico 2015

Founded in 1986, Feudi di San Gregorio is located in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico near Mount  Vesuvius in Campania, Italy. I'm going to be reviewing two of their wines. The first is their 2015 Aglianico, which you're reading right now, and the second is their 2017 Falanghina, which will come out on Wednesday.

Aglianico was brought over from Turkey to Campania 2,500 years ago, so it's one of the most ancient grape varieties that we know of. After its arrival it would be an important part of southern Italy's wine and culture. Pliny the Elder even mentions it in his writings. If you'd like to learn more about Aglianico, and I suggest that you should, then check it out in probably my most classic blog post ever: The Adventures of Aglianico - A Complete History of an Ancient Wine.

Well this 100% Aglianico is from the Arpinia Aglianico DOC and grown between 1,000 to 1,600 feet above see level in soil that was originally ash and fallen pumice (Aglianico loooooves volcanic soil). The grapes were hand harvested, macerated and fermented in stainless steel vats for ten days at 79°F, aged in stainless steel for eight months, and then six months in the bottle. The final ABV is 13.5%.

Ida Maria, Fortress Round My HeartIt's been half a year since I did a music selection where I review to music and then hook you up with that music on my YouTube channel, so let me put on some headphones and let's do it! I'm still so wired from kicking ass at work all day that I just need something to calm me down, so I'm going with Ida Maria's Fortress Round My Heart. I don't know what it is, man, but her music just calms me. Her style and her voice are great and for some reason it makes me just... stop. I could listen to Going To Hell on a loop all night. Check her out on my music selection playlist.

Now wine! The color of the wine is a bright and beautiful ruby red. The nose is smokey and tarry with dried herbs and black currant. It's medium bodied with rich mouthfeel, high acidity, and structured tannin. A combination of red and black fruit are on the palate: black currant, plum, cherries, and strawberries. There's also some toffee and blood iron. Then it finishes with the acidity bringing tart cherries, while the tannins leave your tongue and inner-cheeks feeling like stone.

This is very good! Aglianico is my go-to alternative for Cabernet drinkers looking to try something different, and I would have no problems recommending this one for the price.

Price: $20
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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