Full-bore Aglianico from Fontefico
You might recall that Tim introduced me to the wines of Fontefico earlier this spring when I tried The earthy and mature 2010 Fontefico, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. The 2010 Fontefico, Aglianico, Costetoste, Terre di Chieti is a completely different beast. The fruit is sourced from a very steep vineyard with a gradient greater than 25%. This is an unabashed big wine that fills the mouth with fruit, minerals, and tannins. I cannot recall tasting such a powerful expression of Aglianico. One glass at a time is all that Jenn and I could handle. If you enjoy big wines then this is for you. Otherwise I would stick with the Montepulciano. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2010 Fontefico, Aglianico, Costetoste, Terre di Chieti – $23
Imported by Grappoli Imports. This wine is 100% Aglianico from the Le Coste vineyard that was aged in both steel and wood. Alcohol 15%. This is a strong, ripe texture, mineral rich wine that coats the mouth with fruit and tannins. The acidity is more supportive than apparent in this undoubtedly big wine. With air notes of cedar and chocolate come out. It could stand a touch of cellar time, not for development, but for relaxation. ** Now – 2019.