Aglianico is a grape from Southern Italy that dates back to ancient Rome, produced now primarily in Taburno and Taurasi in Campania and in the Vulture area of Basilicata. It has experienced something of a resurgence recently and is a good alternative to Cabernet and Zinfandel. The PLCB is offering a few of them right now, all recommended by Craig LaBan.
This one has a full nose of sour cherry and strong tannins that make it mouth puckeringly dry. The fruit and dry tannins make for an interesting contrast. It's a good match for hearty soups like Escarole and Beans (recipe courtesy of Philly boy and Wine Spectator writer Sam Gugino from his Cooking to Beat the Clock.)
If we were in one of Aimee Olexy's restaurants we would order the cheese plate to finish, but we settled for some cheddar out of the fridge.
Definitely worth checking out.
Rocca dei Sanniti Aglianico del Taburno 2006
Description from PLCB web site
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PLCB Code: 32081
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Region: Italy > Campania > Aglianico del Taburno
Grape Variety: Aglianico
Alcohol Content: 13%