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Two Vigorous Italian Wines

I have been having great fun drinking Italian wines this Spring and these selections are two reasons why.  The Antica Enotria was good fun because it has just enough bottle age to lose its edge while simultaneously show some mature notes.  It proved quite satisfying for both Jenn and I.  We have been consistently pleased with the wines from Sagrantino di Montefalco so I grab any affordable bottle I can find.  Tim has a good selection of slightly older more expensive wines that I cannot wait to try but he also looks out for the affordable bottles.  The Colsanto is one of his tasty, affordable selections.  Right now it is a vigorous drink with all of the components for aging.  I would buy a few bottles try to several years from now, though I imagine this will easily live for a decade.  These wines were purchased from MacArthur Beverages.

2006 Azienda Agrobiologica Antica Enotria, Aglianico, Puglia IGT – $19
Imported by Farello Wines.  This wine is 100% Aglianico which was harvested in mid-October.  The fruit is fermented in stainless steel, undergoes malolactic fermentation for six months followed by aging for eight months in oak barrels.  The Italian nose had aromas of red fruit and sweaty leather.  In the mouth the black fruit was quite linear, taking on some wood box flavors along with very juicy acidity.  The dry black fruit was matched by the drying tannins on the teeth, lips, and cheeks.  The flavors were tart in the finish with a long aftertaste of low-lying wood and mature notes.  Pleasing in a rustic manner.  *** Now-2017.

2008 Fattoria Colsanto, Sagrantino di Montefalco, Umbria – $18
Imported by Siema Wines.  This wine is 100% Sagrantino sourced from vineyards in Montarone on soils of clay and lime.  The fruit is harvested at the beginning of October, fermented in stainless steel, then undergoes malolactic fermentation in 70% wood casks and 30% stainless steel.  The wine is then aged for 15 months in wooden casks followed by a further 12 months of aging in stainless steel tanks.  The slightly heady nose reveals aromas of very subtle candied rose.  In the mouth the stoney red fruit immediately starts with integrated drying tannins.  Cool blue fruit comes out, which is lighter in weight, as the inside of the lips dry out and the tongue salivates from underneath.  There is some midpalate warmth, a bit of a racy personality, and some sweetness to this young wine.  *** 2015-2022.

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