Drinking Tonight: Epicuro Aglianico

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.

 

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