100% Aglianico from Irpinia, Campania, Italy.
SRP of $18 and available widely for around $15. Sample received courtesy Palm Bay International for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“Feudi di San Gregorio has revolutionized winemaking in Southern Italy’s Campania region, placing a modern spin on ancient varieties. Near legendary Mt. Vesuvius, grapes achieve their peak in volcanic soil. Brilliant ruby with notes of wild raspberries and dark cherries.
Aglianico is a grape grown in two areas of Italy, Campania (where today’s wine is from) and Basilicata. This is a black skinned grape that was thought to have been brought to Italy by the Greeks hundreds of years ago, but recent DNA testing (yes they even do DNA testing on grapes!) has not shown any relation to known Greek varieties.
In any case, Aglianico can produce some really delicious wine that has good aging potential. You really wouldn’t expect less from a grape grown in Campania, an area of Italy that includes such gorgeous areas as Naples and the Amalfi Coast.
The 2008 Feudi di San Gregorio Rubrato Aglianico begins with aromas of ripe red and black fruit but it also has a bit of a floral and herb component that features notes of mint. A very nice bouquet. This smooth wine tastes fresh, with bright fruit (strawberry and wild cherry) and is very flavorful without coming anywhere near fruit bomb territory. It finishes with lots of thick spice underlying the fruit and those mint notes from the bouquet come out at the very end. A perfect match for some tasty rustic Italian food.