This is a wine from Campania in south/central Italy.  It is made 100% from Aglianico grapes.  Deep purple in color, opaque and bright.  There is a lot of Brettanomyces yeast on the nose giving it a heavy barnyard scent.  This will often be different in different bottles, but given the level in the bottle I had, it will be problematic for some.  I am relatively tolerant of the scent but it made it difficult to get anything else on the nose.  Luckily, it was a bit cleaner on the palate.  Black cherry fruit of an earthiness.  Nice texture.  Good acidity.  Moderate finish.  This will work better with food.  Osso Bucco would be a good choice.  Clean bottles should easily go another decade but for those where the yeast has bloomed, this may prove problematic.  It might make sense to open earlier.  

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
88
Vintage: 
2012

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