Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: *** $$ Villa Carafa Sannio Aglianico, Italy, 2004

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By way of background, opening thoughts:  We've reviewed a few aglianico's before here.  Aglianico is a southern Italy-based red grape.  None have exceeded three stars, but most have touched it; and some have been best values because of the modest pricing.  Today, we are sampling a long-cellared version.

Original tasting and review : This is Villa Carafa Sannio Aglianico, Italy, 2004, finished at 13.5% alcohol, first sampled nine years from vintage date.

In the glass: Medium dusty red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows ripe licoric
e and muddled aged red currant.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and sweet in character, but perhaps past its drinking window.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as suggested by the aromas.  A nice licorice fruit, overextended in its time in bottle perhaps, but still showing lively fruit, just enough acids to lift the fruit, and soft red currant flavors.  Short, but impeccably clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  May well have rated higher three or four years ago, at which time the fruity freshness would have predominated.

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