It’s been a long, hot summer in New York, and I’ve been drinking plenty of rosés to keep cool. My preferences lean toward those from the heartland of rosé production, in France’s Provence region, but recently I purchased a rosé from Italy for a change of pace.
I was not disappointed. The bottle I bought was made by the high-quality Campania winery Terredora, which is that region’s largest wine producer and vineyard owner. This wine is made entirely from Aglianico grapes grown in vineyards in the Irpinia district, which lies in mountainous terrain west of Naples. Aglianico is an ancient red grape variety that is thought to have first been brought to Italy by the Greeks, and later became favored by the upper classes of the Roman Empire.
This wine was fermented in stainless steel after macerating on the skins for about a day. It has a pretty salmon color and is medium-bodied, with dried cherry, currant and mineral flavors with hints of smoke and rich beefy notes. The clean, crisp finish featured a touch of power. It goes down well as an aperitif, or you could try it as an accompaniment for seafood or poultry dishes. I rated it 88 points, non-blind, and it cost just $14 a bottle at my local wine shop.
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