Finally Friday Wine Pick – In keeping with my Aglianico exploration I’m going with a Donnachiara Irpinia Agliancico 2013. The winery is situated among the hills of Montefalcione, Italy. I’m starting to figure this grape out a little bit. I’ve come to find out that it needs a good bit of time to come to life. This wine needed 4 hours to start to open up but didn’t really start to hit it’s stride for 6.
The color is a bright, translucent ruby with a pale pink rim. The nose is cedar shavings, graphite, cranberry and hints of damp pine needles – intriguing. The flavors are vibrant dark fruit, leather, tobacco and licorice. Grippy tannins. The finish is long with some baking spice notes. Very enjoyable and pairs well with salty foods; kalamata olives and feta cheese. I give it 89 points IMHO. Now I’m ready to take on the new world aglianico from West of Temperance Winery.