Cantina di Solopaca 2015 Aglianico

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

solopaca_2015_aglianicoI’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.  🙂

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