2017 Michele Alois Aglianico Campole
Aglianico is one of Italy’s greatest and oldest red grape varieties. It can be traced on Italian soil at least to the days of the Roman Empire. Firm and savory with distinct mineral notes, the chewy fruit flavors are reminiscent of dark plums and sour cherries.
Michele Alois established his winery in 1992 alongside his two sons, Massimo and Gianfranco. The focus is on the native grapes of Campania. Their Aglianico grows on volcanic soil with average vine age of 30 years old. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 4-6 months in Botti, large oval oak barrels.
Any type of beef stew (perhaps your Grandmother’s recipe?), eggplant Parmigiana, Texas-style barbecue or spicy pizzas.
2018 Troupis Winery Agiorgitiko Fteri
The Peloponnese Peninsula is connected to the mainland of Greece by the narrow Isthmus of Corinth. The landscape is mountainous and rugged. Agiorgitiko is the most widely planted red wine grape variety in this region. Troupis sources their Agiorgitiko from hillside vineyards surrounding the plain of Nemea. Expect flavors of red plums and pomegranate; supple and spicy with velvety tannins.
The Troupis family has a long history of farming going back to the 1970’s, growing vines, fruit bearing trees and flowers. About ten years ago they invested in a modern winery, despite the economic crisis of that time, and made a go at producing wine commercially. We'd say they have succeeded!
Moussaka and Pastitsio are ideal matches, but so is a Shepherd’s Pie. Grilled lamb Souvlaki or a falafel sandwich also pair nicely.
2016 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules
50% Syrah, and 25% each Mourvèdre and Carignan, the latter two sourced from 80+ year old vines. Dark, brooding, savory fruit, olivey, earthy, forest floor, and black tea aromas. Palate is full bodied with a silky mouthfeel and well integrated tannins. Finish is dense, long and harmonious.
Diane de Puymorin purchased the property in 1998, quickly turning what was a run down facility into a quality wine producing domaine. She eschewed advice to rip out her Carignan in favor of more popular varieties, claiming that with those old vines, she would be making wines of great character.
Thinking geographically, a traditional cassoulet would be proper. Moroccan tagine with dried fruit and cinnamon would bring out the wine’s exotic nature.
2015 Torre Zambra Villamagna
100% Montepulciano - The 2015 Villamagna is lush and supple, with bright red fruit, a dark robe and gentle tannins. There are flavors of red cherry and plum, notes of cocoa powder, pepper and an underpinning of leather. Its gorgeous, plush mouthfeel is reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe.
Torre Zambra was founded in 1961 by Laurentino De Cerchio. Now being run by the third generation, their wines are known for their well-rounded, easy to like style. The Villamagna DOC was established in 2011, and is considered the finest terroir in Abruzzo. Only 5 estates produce wine from Villamagna.
Braised short ribs over creamy polenta make a great match, as will roast pork dishes, such as porchetta.
Little Red Quartet: Volume 4 includes 2 reds from Italy, 1 red from France and a red from Greece you must not miss tasting! Come, explore new taste sensations with the Little Red Quartet.
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