Thursday, November 6, 2008

Italian Wine Series: Part 4-The Wines of Campania: Lava Beneventano Aglianico 2006 IGT

The first thing I think about when I hear Campania is Aglianico. Being Southern Italy's signature grape, it was first brought from Greece over 2,000 years ago. It makes for a strong wine with an almost royal character.

Lava Beneventano Aglianico 2006 IGT

Grown in the lava-rich soil created by the eruption of mount Vesuvius, this wine reflects the minerality and unique flavors of the Campania region. The colors are a very dark, deep, opaque violet/ruby... on the nose displaying earth and black fruit, and firm tannins. On the palate hidden just below the surface, float hints of leather and mocha. The finish leaves white pepper or chalk on the back of the tongue and sour cherries. I'm amazed at the layers of aroma and flavor unfolding as I drink this interesting red wine. Found this at The Wine Room of Forest Hills.

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