This is from the relatively new Beneventano IGT in Campania, Italy. The same winery also makes a nice Salice Salentino. Aglianico is one of those southern Italian grapes that doesn’t see much press or presence outside it’s homeland of south-central Italy, but I think it’s a great addition to the pantheon of big, spicy, chewy grapes like Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.
It’s been a few years since I’ve tried this – saw this at Trader Joe’s last week and remembered it was good stuff, so I picked up a couple of bottles of 2010 for $7.50 each. Not sure what I’m having for dinner – I have leftover chili from yesterday, or I might get a pizza. But first things first!
Color: reddish-purple; clear but dark, and just barely translucent
Aroma: wild cherry, blackberry, and spice. Quite a nice nose, with a touch of vanilla after it opens up.
Taste: starts with chewy, brambly fruit, then goes into an oaky/spicy mix, then finishes back on the fruit again. Lots of blackberry on the finish, with a good punch. Equivalent body to an old-vine Zin, a little lighter in body than a Petite Sirah.
Pretty good value. Something I’ll keep on hand for hearty meals and cold weather.