Taurasi is a grape that generally needs a long time to come around even in the less expensive bottlings. This one is a step or two above those although it is the base wine for this producer. A very nice example. Deep purple in color. The nose is nice. Earthy with smoke, anise and plenty of black cherry fruit. On the palate, this is complex and nice layered with earth, cherries and forest floor notes. Firm tannins. Good acidity. Nice finish. It will work with a wide variety of foods from stews to a steak to a pasta with cream sauce. If drinking soon, it should be given time to bre
This is from the "arch" of the Italian boot area and made from the Aglianico grape. It is possibly the best wine from this area but it does take a long time to mature. At 19 years from vintage, this wine is now in a great place. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has black cherries, leather, cigar box, and dust. On the palate, it does show some age but plenty of fresh cherries and black cherries as well over a dry earthy, tobacco quality. Good acidity, this goes quite well with food. Nice finish. It was decanted for sediment and continued to improve for an hour before leveling off. No
This is a really interesting wine that sells for $15. It is 80% Montepulciano and 20% Aglianico. The 2012 is what seems to be in the stores in the US right now and it is drinking great. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose has black cherries, smoke and plums. On the palate, there is a nice underlying minerality with nice black cherry fruit. Good acidity. This worked well with pasta but drinks fine on its own, the acidity is not as much as many Italian wines. Good finish. Probably has another 3 to 5 years left. Maybe more.
Ruby/purple in color. The nose is dusty with cherries. It seems slightly oxidized at this point but not to the point of not enjoying the wine. On the palate, more cherry cough drop. Good acidity. Very nice wine that may be a bit past peak but drinking well. Still, I would drink these sooner than later.
Deep ruby in color, purple core. The nose ha some slight recution on it. Plums and black cherries. Medium tannins. On the palate, big dark cherry fruit. Also plums. A very tasty wine. A modicum of depth but this is more about easy and drink now and enjoy. Nice finish. $15 is a great value.