2015 Feudi di San Gregorio Rubrato Aglianico ($19.99)
Aglianico (Ahl-YAH-nee-koh) is a native grape to southern Italy. This one, from Feudi di San Gregorio, is from the Campania Irpinia region of Italy, near Mount Vesuvious.
After being hand-harvested, these grapes were de-stemmed and pressed. Maceration and fermentation occur in stainless steel tanks for 10 days at 79 degrees F. Finally, it spends an additional 8 months of aging in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit flavors, then a minimum of 6 months in the bottle prior to release.
The first thing you notice with this wine is its brilliant ruby-red color. Then, the light fruit notes of the aroma draw you in. The flavors match the aromas with medium-light hints of red cherry and even a bit of strawberry. This grape is known for its firm tannins that are evident mid-pallet but do not overwhelm the light finish.
This is a really nice wine that leans on the light to medium-bodied side of things. With just a slight chill (cellar temperature) its acidity leads to a very refreshing finish. Keep your eyes out for this nice value from Feudi di San Gregorio. It's a good one!
Disclosure of Wine Sample Submission: I received this wine at no cost for review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Sample Provided by Will Rogers of Donna White Communications