2016 Mastroberardino Aglianico

2016 Mastroberardino Aglianico

27.95

Mastroberardino was founded in the 1750's. Located in Campania, Italy's southwest, it is still family owned/operated to this day. It is famous for saving Italy's indigenous varietals such as fiano, greco and aglianico, even when grapes such as merlot and cabernet were more fashionable and higher-yielding. It was up until the 1990's that Mastro was the only winery working with these ancient varietals in the area. Thanks to the late Antonio Mastroberardino's enormous contribution and dedication to these grapes, we can still enjoy them today. How's that for street cred?

Campania is famous for aglianico (al-ee-ann-ah-ko), known as the "Brunello of the South". This grape thrives in warm, Mediterranean climate, in the clay and volcanic soils influenced by towering Mt Vesuvius. This expression of the varietal is rather friendly, like the "glamping" version of the grape. It's elegant and polished with an underlying ruggedness that reminds you it's Italian. Dark cherry & cigar box rounded out with soft tannins, pair it up with duck breast or braised lamb shanks.

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