Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2014
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A brooding, yet well-aged Taurasi with lots of bark, Chinese herbal medicine and black mushrooms to the dried blackberries, tar and savory cocoa powder. The complete dryness of the sweet fruit, plus the firm, dusty tannins complement the complex palate. Lots of earthy, dark mushroom notes chime in at the finish, leaving a lingering, savory yet elegant aftertaste. Nothing plush nor opulent, but rather mature, traditional and reserved.
Italian Red Wine
While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure for its red wines. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.
The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.
For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau (Grenache), Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.