This very attractive Aglianico offers black cherries with tobacco and hedgerows notes to the nose, followed by a palate of red berries and liquorice and perky tannins and acidity.
Journalist and wine lover Pasquale Clemente runs his old family estate Messaria Frittasi, dating from 1779, situated on the southern slopes of Mt. Taburno near the city of Montesarchio, 36 miles north east of Naples. His Aglianico vines are situated 400-500m up the south slopes of Mount Taburno, planted on old volcanic clay an limestone, the latter give the local Aglianico del Taburno it’s vibrant acidity and freshness. Only natural preparations are used in the vineyards and minimal intervention in the cellar, 9 months in 2nd use French oak barriques makes this a lovely pure fresh example. Black cherries with tobacco and hedgerows notes to the nose, followed by a palate of red berries and liquorice and perky tannins and acidity.
Aglianico considered one of Italy’s three greatest red grapes along with Nebbiolo and Sangiovese is a late ripening grape usually harvested in October or early November. It is believed to have been introduced by the ancient Greeks between the 8th and 7th century BC. After the Phylloxera outbreak this grape disappeared from many areas and it is today mainly found in the regions of Campania and Basilicata. The three most important biotypes are: Aglianico di Taurasi (grown in mountainous Irpinia sub-region), Aglianico del Taburno (used here), and Aglianico del Vulture in the Basilicata region.
|Bottle Size||Bottle (75cl)|
|Style||Medium bodied, Fresh, Fruity, Spicy|