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Aglianico and Friends

We started last week with two whites from Campania. They were both dry, clean and well balanced. Other than that, completely different.
April 18, 2018

The 2016 Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo showed bright pure pear fruit and a floral touch. The 2013 Vigne Guadagno Fiano di Avellino Sant’Aniello was bold with rich stone fruits and a smoky finish.

Four wines made with Aglianico were next, three from Campania and one from Basilicata. As one would expect they all had rich flavors and plenty of tannin. The 2011 Casa di Baal Aglianico was perhaps the most aggressive of the four and is a wine that really gets your attention. Then the 2011 La Vigne de Raito Ragis actually showed some elegance and restraint. It is still rich and tannic but perhaps softened a bit by the use of 20% Piedirosso in the blend. This one got the most favorite votes.

It was interesting how switching to Basilicata gave a somewhat different style. The 2013 Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo showed more of an earth tone with some barnyard in the background of the deep cherry fruit. Tasters were either impressed or id not really like this style. One taster said no and then changed his mind on a second taste. Last we went to Taurasi where most of the Aglianico in Campania is grown. The 2012 Antonio Caggiano Taurasi Vigna Macchia dei Goti was the most classic of the group. It showed richness, spice, and balance.

 

White

2016 Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo: Deeply colored. Peaches flowers and herbs in a richly flavored format. Long balanced finish. Very Good to Excellent 27/bottle 24.30/mixed case 22.95/case

2013 Vigne Guadagno Fiano di Avellino Sant’Aniello: Straw yellow with green tint. Lots of energy and texture around rich, smoky stone fruits, intense minerality  Excellent 38/bottle 34.20/mixed case 32.30/case

 

Red

2011 Casa di Baal Aglianico: Ruby red. Dark fruit character with white pepper, flowers and balsam. Balanced. Very Good to Excellent  23/bottle 20.70/mixed case 19.55/case

2011 La Vigne de Raito Ragis: Bright ruby. Black cherry, truffle and spice with hints of cedar. Herbal notes in the long finish. Excellent 48/bottle 43.20/mixed case 40.80/case

2013 Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo: Ruby. Peppercorn spice, dark fruit and balsam with notes of licorice. Long textured finish. Excelllent  47/bottle 42.30/mixed case 39.95/case

2012 Antonio Caggiano Taurasi Vigna Macchia dei Goti: Ruby. Cherry and blackberry accented by spice and truffle. Notes of tobacco and nutmeg in the balanced finish. Excellent 48/bottle 43.20/mixed case 40.80/case

 

Special pack: six bottles of each of the above wines for a special price of $208

Special mixed case: Two bottles of each of the above for a special price of: $393

 

Please pass this on to any friends who are wine enthusiasts!

 

            - Peter Hemenway