Friday, March 12, 2010

Wine: Aglianico Terredora Dipaolo from Campania, Italy

The 2007 Aglianico Terredora Dipaolo Campania IGT is the first wine I've had made of Aglianico grape. Campania in Southern Italy is best known for Taurasi, made from Aglianico grapes, and the only wine with DOCG status in the region. Terredora Dipaolo produces a 100% Aglianico wine with IGT status that sells for a fraction of the cost.

The wine starts with concentrated dark fruit, black cherry, and marked acidity. Falls flat in the middle and has a long dry finish laced in cedar and herbaceous vegetal flavors. A bit tight but opens up after a couple hours, showing more plum fruit. Full-bodied, good acidity, lots of tannins. The tannins and acidity suggest that the wine would age well, but at $15 a bottle, it's great for everyday drinking and pairs well with tomato based Italian dishes.
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