I've had this Italian red in my stash for a few years now, and finally decided to give it a go. I'm quite pleased with the results!
Review: This dark brick-hued red has rich aromas of stewed cherries and strawberries, wild herbs, and red licorice. On the palate it is dry with soft, ripe tannins. Red fruit flavors are joined by a hint of balsamic, and toasted walnut.
I love the depth of flavor achieved here, while still maintaining a lovely lightness. Some of the notes -- the balsamic and super ripe fruit in particular -- remind me of the "rancio" flavors you'd find in vin doux naturals of Southern France. Absolutely delicious.
Antica Masseria Venditti is a historic producer in Campania, dating back to 1595. This wine is made from a blend of native grapes: Montepulciano, Sciascinoso (known locally as Olivella), and Aglianico. The region of Sannio may be a bit off the beaten path for American consumers -- in fact, much isn't distributed in the states -- but if you can find its wines I highly recommend.
Food Pairing: Marinated veggies and salty cheese.
Bottom Line: I'm delighted by this wine. Light body, savory flavors, and perfect for food. Couldn't ask for more.
- VINTAGE: 2010
- PLACE: Sannio DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) - the light blue on the map
- GRAPES: 50% Montepulciano, 30% Sciascinoso, 20% Aglianico
- BOOZE: 12.5%
- CELLAR: Drink now (towards the end of its drinking window)
Where did I get it? At a wine event a few years ago
What's the damage? Mid Priced (I think)