People often think, the more money you spend, the better the wine. NOT ALWAYS THE CASE! Having said that, to enjoy a good bottle of wine, you still need to spend some money, at least more than $10. Alright maybe more than that. But if I have learned anything over the years as I have gotten more and more into and knowledgable about wines, it’s that you can find an excellent bottle without breaking the bank. That leads me to this weeks, “Wine of the Week(end).”
The Style & Region: Campania is the second most populated region of Italy. The region stretches from the Mediterranean sea on its western shores to mountains and plains in the east. It includes such cities as Sorrento, and Naples, areas like Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, and one of the most beautiful island’s in the world, Capri. Wine making in this regions dates back to the early 13th century, but has really begun to make a name for itself over the last 10 years. Taurasi is one of the most popular wines from the region and is made from the Aglianico grape variety. The combination of the volcanic soil and higher altitudes make this grape thrive in the region. Antonio Caggiano is one of the leading producers in the Campania region and best known for reds, which age for 18 months in oak casks and another 18 months cellaring in the bottle.
On the Palate: This wine is young and tannic, so allow it 1-2 hours to open up in a decanter. But once it does, the palate bursts with black and red fruits such as blackberries, plums and dark cherries. Hints of tobacco, liqourice and earth make this dark ruby colored, big/bold wine complex yet with a polished long finish.
What does it pair with? Come’on Italian! My brother, sister in-law and their kids were in town last weekend and we enjoyed this wine over sunday family dinner. Homemade spaghetti, meatballs and gravy with crunchy garlic bread. Having said that, I have enjoyed this wine with steaks, pasta’s or just accompanied with some great cheeses. But remember, allow this wine to breath and open, before you enjoy it.
Price: $39.99 and is available at your local Total Wine & More.
Categories: Wine of the Week