As a lover of all wines Italian, I, of course, made it a point to sample a wide range of wines and producers during my recent vacation in Italy. My last night there found me in a traditional trattoria in Sorrento, where the mozzarella cheese of the Caprese salad just melts in your mouth and everything you order is loaded with delicious local produce and flavor.
Accordingly, a local wine was in order, and I selected a red from a producer that I know better for its whites, Feudi di San Gregorio. I was banking on the quality this producer shows in its whites carrying over to the reds and, before I even got the bottle to taste, my suspicions were confirmed when the server told me, "Ah! You order the best."
The "best" was exactly the way I like it—a delicious bottle of wine at a good price, 14 euros on the restaurant's wine list and about $16 retail in the United States. In its Rubrato bottling, Feudi takes the sometimes-rustic Aglianico grape and produces a stylish red. The wine boasted fresh acidity and a core of kirsch, currant and blackberry fruit, along with well-integrated tannins and a nice spice-tinged finish. I rated it 89 points, non-blind, and plan to make it a regular part of my wine cellar—a great way to keep the memories of a terrific vacation alive.
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