Beneventano Indicazione Geographica Protetta, Campania, Italy; 12.5% ABV
imported by 8 Vini, San Leandro, CA
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 16 Feb
I’ve enjoyed previous Aglianicos from the GO, so I thought this might also be interesting. Turns out, not particularly on the first night.
The wine is a bit thin and tart, with flavors of ripe and tart red cherries, red / slightly purple plum, red table grape, and perhaps a hint of black olive. It developed only a little more fruit with some time in a decanter, with maybe a little something floral. So far, it’s neither interesting nor tasty.
A couple days later, however, the saved single-glass, screw-cap bottle was much better. I guess at vintage 2015 it’s still a pretty young wine. It was still on the acid side, but the fruit, of a zesty red raspberry and cherry, was more prominent, more full, and more complex. It went well with cheese toasts with a layer of left-over red pasta sauce. 🙂