Aglianico, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Trebbiano
This Rosso is produced by Cantina di Solopaca, one of the oldest agricultural cooperatives in Campania in southern Italy. Centred around the inland town of Benevento, which gives the wines of this region their name, Solopaca is a traditional grower's cooperative, in which members pool their harvests to make wine under a single label. The ancient Aglianico grape is the star of this region and on its own produces intensely-coloured, tannic, and highly acidic reds with an incredible capacity to age. Here, it's blended with other Italian favourites Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Trebbiano, lending its heft and structure to the final blend. If you've never had a red from Campania, this is the perfect introduction. Enjoy at about 18 C over the next 2-4 years.
Unmistakably Italian in character, with fresh strawberry, cherry, and crabapple mingling with dried herbs and bramble. It's charming and inviting, with just the right hint of rusticity. With a bit of air, darker fruit aromas emerge, with black cherry and hints of dried violets.
Medium bodied and dry, with warm red-fruit compote flavours, along with tart red cherry and crabapple. The tannins are nicely balanced against the peppy acidity, and the finish is bright and fresh. This is a perfect year-round dinner red that would play well with just about anything you throw at it.
Acid-driven tomato based sauces like a fresh pasta Pomodoro would be perfect with this vibrant red or match with slightly heartier fare like a grilled pork chop or tenderloin.