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Rivolta Le Mongolfiere A San Bruno Aglianico del Taburno Rosato 2012

Rivolta Le Mongolfiere A San Bruno Aglianico del Taburno Rosato 2012

Of all of the rosé wines I've tried this year, Fattoria la Rivolta's "Le Mongolfiere" rosato exhibits terroir like non other, a stately mantle, an ancient and earthy vestige that is a testament to old vines planted in calcareous, limestone-rich soils—what fruit it displays, tart cherries, and clementine are nuanced and entirely secondary. On the palate, intensity gives way to chalky texture, and clenched acidic verve that slowly dissolves to a saline-tinged finish. 14.5% ABV Fattoria La Rivolta 9.0 Points...

Società Agricola Nativ Irpinia Campi Taurasini Eremo San Quirico 2010

Società Agricola Nativ Irpinia Campi Taurasini Eremo San Quirico 2010

For those of you who are interested in unbridled opulence, the Nativ 'Eremo San Quirico' Aglianico Irpinia Campi Taurasini 2010 might be the wine for you. The nose fairly explodes with roasted cherries, plums, milk chocolate and vanilla, topped by a whiff of smoke and spice. There is some heft and power here, but it's almost entirely subdued by the more hedonistic elements of this Italian bombshell. Sultry overtones of figs, blackberries, and surprisingly, creme de menthe followed by cracked black pepper. Azienda Agricola Società Nativ 9.1 Points...