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Surprised by an Italian sparkler

I have been tricked by bottles before such as when a very dark bottle turns out to contain a white wine and not a red.  Most recently, had I done any research (I never do before I open something) or drunk Gragnano before I would have know that this 2014 Grotta del Sole, Otto Uve, Gragnano dell Penisola Sorrentina was a young, sparkling wine.  It contained enough bubbles to be served colder than cellar temperature but not so much that it required a wire-cage to prevent the tapered cork from flying out.  So into the refrigerator it went.  I followed the wine for several nights, one glass at a time.  This blend of eight different varieties proved to be complex, flavorful stuff, very much akin to drinking a robust red wine with bubbles. Think of it as a rugged sparkling wine for a bracingly cold fall night. This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2014 Grotta del Sole, Otto Uve, Gragnano dell Penisola Sorrentina – $14
Imported by Michael R. Downey Selections.  This is a blend of Aglianico, Piedirosso, Sciascinoso,Olivella, Supprezza, Castagnara, Sauca, and Surbegna. Alcohol 11.5%.  There was a low-amount of firm bubbles.  The dark flavors made complex by the baking spices became noticeably drier in the middle and eventually, quite thick.  Upon revisiting it was really a complex wine despite the grapey, youthful start.  I particularly liked the play between dryness and spices as well as the continued presence on the tongue.  *** Now.


  1. Jason Carey
    October 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    That’s good to know, because one of MacArthur’s weakest wine selection is their Lambruscos.I have not had this Gragnano, but will pick some up.

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