Cantina del Taburno Aglianico Fidelis 2006
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Cantina Del Taburno started bottling wines in the mid-1980's and they turn out an excellent Aglianico, which is one of the finest grapes of Campania. It is light-bodied, however slightly high in alcohol with a nose of mild cherry-berry fruit and licorice. The wine has a sweet almond flavor with a long finish.
The Fidelis is made predominantly of Aglianico, although it has small percentages of Merlot (5%) and Sangiovese (5%). It is fermented in stainless steel and aged in a combination of large oak casks and used French-oak barrriques.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Aglianico del Taburno Fidelis is an excellent choice for readers who want to explore the qualities of Aglianico, one of southern Italy’s great red varieties. This forward, soft red offers up sweet cherries, smoke, herbs, spices and cured meats in an approachable style, with plenty of varietal character and tons of personality. It is a fabulous effort from Cantina del Taburno, as well as a terrific value."
Cantina del Taburno Winery
From the hills comes a good share of Campania's best wines and among theese stands up the Taburno winery at 350 mt. above sea level. Recently enlarged and modernized, the Taburno winery has become a focal point for the grape growers of the D.O.C. area, for its wine production and promotion.
Quality is for the Taburno winery is a result of giving its members the results of the research of its laboratories. The best varieties are chosen, those that better adapt to the soil to the climate, to the enological requirements, to the market demands. The locally grown grapes are farmed on hills mostly made up of volcanic and chalky soils. But good grapes alone are not in themselves a guarantee of high quality wine. That rests with the never ending striving for excellence by the winemakers of Taburno. The grape selection, soft grape crushing and pressing, fermentation at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks are done carefully to insure excellence from start to finish.
The ageing cellars, built under ground ensuring constant temperatures contain large oak casks and barriques of French oak.
Taburno has has committed it self to combine tradition and modern technology to produce great wines. View all Cantina del Taburno Wines
About Other ItalianLombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria
LombardyHome of the fashion capital of Milan, Lombardy is not quite Italy's capital of wine. It is, however, home to a few wines worth noting. Most vineyards are far north, far south or far east. First, in the south, the sparkling wine Franciacorta – this sparkling wine is made in the methode champagnoise and the better wineries produce wine that can hold it's own in a quality bubbly line up. Lugana, a pleasant, white wine made from Trebbiano, comes from Lombardy as well. Lean reds from the Nebbiolo grape are made further up in the Valtelliana region, near the Alps.
Emilia-RomagnaThe region of Emilia-Romagna is better known for its food rather than wine. Most of the wine coming from this region is the red, slightly-fizzy Lambrusco. It's high in acid and best drunk young. The white coming out of the region is mostly Albana di Romagna. Made from the albana grape, it's typically dry and pleasant, although not found often.
UmbriaTalk about being in the center of things… the land-locked region of Umbria is smack dab in the middle of the country. The most familiar white wine of the region is Orvieto, named for the medieval Etruscan town. It's a Trebbiano-based wine with good fruit flavors and high acid. Originally a sweet wine, most Orvietos are now dry. Red wine from Umbria includes Torgiano and Montefalco - Torgiano made from the grapes of Chianti, while Montefalco uses the native sagrantino grape, making big and bold reds.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.