Splurging on an absolutely lovely wine, the Fontanavecchia Aglianico del Taburno Riserva Vigna Cataratte.
100% Aglicano from Taburno, Campania, Italy. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barriques.
Sample submitted for review. We could only find one seller in the US currently (at $33) but the wine has an average worldwide price of $28 (Saturday Splurge).
Aglianico del Taburno is a DOCG in Southern Italy focused on the Aglianico grape, both reds and rosés. Today's wine is a Riserva which means it must have a total of 3 years of aging (in barrel or bottle) before release. The vines grown around Mount Taburno benefit from the altitude as well as the volcanic soils and Aglianico thrives here. It's also one of our favorite grapes.
Grapes: Aglianico 100%, selected and collected in crates
Vine training: guyot
Altitude of vineyard: 300 m a.s.l.
Soil: argillaceous with lime-rich marlstone outcrops
Vinification: maceration with skins at controlled temperature, ca. 12 days of fermentation
Yield per hectar: 7.000 kg
Period of harvest: last third of october
Ageing: 18 months in barrique, French oak
Colour: garnet red
The 2015 Fontanavecchia Aglianico del Taburno Riserva Vigna Cataratte opens with a wonderfully enticing aroma of blackberry, black cherry, licorice, spice, some perfumed floral notes and more.
I love Aglianico and this is a great example. Tasting reveals a rich, juicy, concentrated and delicious wine. It features similar flavors to the nose, but they are very well put together in the mouth. Nicely tannic, this is just a lovely wine. It went wonderfully with our spaghetti and meat sauce.
It ends dry, chewy and quite long. Yum, I love it!
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