Friday, March 29, 2013

Giornata Aglianico

Giornata French Camp Vineyards Aglianico 2010
www.giornatawines.com
Paso Robles, California

Review: Oooh, this is a nice one. This wine has a deep, dark inky color and bright flavors of black currants and violets, with just a hint of sage. The tannins have softened a bit with the time in the bottle, but it could probably use a touch more age. Still, the wine has a nice level of acidity that makes it surprisingly refreshing for being such a big wine.

Aglianico is generally grown in southern Italy around Basilicata and Campania (central regions towards the bottom of the boot). This wine was made domestically, in the French Camp Vineyard in eastern Paso Robles. According to the winemaker, this site provides ideal conditions for the Italian grape.

Food Pairing: I think this would go perfectly with a sandwich filled with Italian meats, spicy peppers, and hard provolone cheese.

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this wine. A nice change up from a world saturated in Cabernet. I dig it.

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area), French Camp Vineyard
  • GRAPE: Aglianico
  • BOOZE: 13.5% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now, hold for a few years
  • www.giornatawines.com

Where did I get it? I bought this back in 2012 from the online vendor Woot.com
What's the damage? High Priced


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