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Giornata Aglianico French Camp Vineyard 2016

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Our 2016 French Camp Aglianico shows more classic Italian character this vintage, structured and nuanced with delicate hints of earth and spice. The nose has notes of dried violets, blackberry, and game. Leather, peppercorn, and wild berries brighten the vivid and lively palate.

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V 92
turated, bright-rimmed ruby. Lush, expansive dark berry, licorice and floral scents are enlivened by smoky mineral and spice flourishes. Broad and sweet on the palate, offering intense blackberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Rich, for sure, but there's unlikely energy here as well. The supple, dark-fruit-driven finish shows excellent clarity. Pliant, slow-building tannins add framework and grip.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Bright aromas of blueberry meet with earthy aromas and a tannic tension on the nose of this bottling, which comes from a vineyard deep in the southeastern corner of Paso Robles. A firm structure carries plummy flavors on the palate, which is relatively light on its feet, approachable and easy to like.
JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Aglianico is more supple and charming than the 2015, offering lots of dried cherry and leafy herb aromas, medium body, terrific overall balanced, and a clean, lengthy finish. You don’t see the variety in California often, but this is a good one that’s well worth your time and money.
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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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Taking its home in the mountainous southern Italian regions of Campania and Basilicata, Aglianico is a bold red variety that needs a long hang time to fully develop and is actually one of the very last of the Italian red varieties to be harvested each year. It often spends until November on the vine and pushing it any faster often leads to rough and untamable tannins.

The name “Aglianico” bears striking resemblance to Ellenico, the Italian word for "Greek," but no evidence shows it having any ancestry in Greece. However, first documentation of its plantings appear around an ancient Greek colony located in the lush hills of present-day Avellino, Campania. It thrives there today as the exclusive variety in the strikingly delicious and age-worthy, red wine called Taurasi. While maybe not as popular as Brunello or Barolo, among Italy’s noble reds, it certainly can boast the same aging potential. Aglianico also has great success in volcanic soils such as those found in Basilicata where it makes the robust, Aglianico del Vulture. It is also found scattered throughout vineyards in Calabria, Puglia and Molise.

Producers in Austrailia and California grow Aglianico with success too.

The best Aglianicos are rustic and earthy, deep in color with dried fig, plum, blackberry, black pepper and dark chocolate. Full of fine-grained tannins, Aglianico has good acidity and an intense, lingering finish. Aglianico is fantastic alongside roasted or grilled meats, anything with black truffles and aged cheeses.

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