This is a very nice wine made from the Aglianico grape in southern Italy (think the arch of the foot). Aglianico can be one of the more tannic grapes. It often needs a lot of cellaring to come around but also can be quite long lived. Purple in color, slight ruby rim. The nose is nice with black cherries, black pepper, roasted herbs, and slight anise. On the palate, this has strong tannins. Bright black cherry fruit with good acidity. This will need at least five years to show much and better to give it ten. It should be good for another ten to fifteen, at least, after that. It is very food friendly for everything from pizza and pasta to a grilled steak or roast.
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