Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Wine Pick: Cantina del Taburno 2011 Sannio Aglianico "Fidelis"

This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.

Cantina del Taburno 2011 Sannio Aglianico "Fidelis"

Aglianico is one of the oldest, ancient wine grapes that we know of. It was brought over to the Campania region of Italy from Turkey by the Phocaeans 2,500 years ago, and there in Campania it made its permanent home. Campania is high in altitude and covered with volcanic soil, Aglianico's most favorite things.

One of the DOC's for Aglianico in Campania is Sannio Aglianico. Sannio is about 30 miles or so northeast of Naples, on the borders of Benevento (which has the Aglianco del Taburno DOC) and Avellino (home of the grape's most famous DOC, Taurasi).

Cantina del Taburno 2011 Sannio Aglianico "Fidelis"Cantina del Taburno's "Fidelis" is 90% Aglianico, 5% Merlot and 4% Sangiovese. It's crimson in color and has aromas of red currant, sweet tobacco, black olive, fine black table pepper and brushfire. It's spicy in the mouth, medium bodied with medium tannin and balanced acidity. There's flavors of red currant, plum, black olive, black pepper and tar. It finishes with plum, tar, and my favorite characteristic of Aglianico: blood iron.

Aglianico is a great alternative to both Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo. It's one of those red wines that you should be thinking of when you're in the mood for a good steak, but it also goes great with traditional pasta dishes. Remember, red sauce did originate in Naples!

This particular wine is among the best deals in Aglianico that you'll find. It's a beauty and an incredible bargain for the $15 that you'll spend on it.


Price: $15
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself for the purpose of this review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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