Epicuro Beneventano Aglianico 2012 Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairings. From Trader Joe'sThis Epicuro Beneventano Aglianico 2012 review is part of our value wine series.  A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great tasting, inexpensive and easily accessible wines.

Epicuro Beneventano Aglianico from Beneventano IGT, Campania, Italy

Vintage: 2012

I just want to start by saying that this particular wine can be found at Trader Joe’s for under $6.00.  For those of you that don’t want to read a lengthy review… considering the price point and ample flavor in this particular variety, I can tell you that it will be a crowd pleasing table wine.   That said, let’s dig a little bit deeper.

Aglianico is an Italian grape variety that is most notably grown in the Basilicata region of Italy, as well as in Campania.  As it relates to the Epicuro, this particular version of Aglianico is from the Beneventano Province, or IGT.  A popular wine growing IGT that has proven to be consistent and of high quality.  Aglianico wines taste best when aged for at least a couple of years, and the 2012 Epicuro Aglianico is ripe for drinking as of 2015.

Epicuro Beneventano Aglianico 2012 Review and Tasting Notes, Food Pairings, Trader Joe'sEpicuro Beneventano Aglianico Tasting Notes

The Epicuro Aglianico is a full-bodied, dry and well rounded wine.  In the glass, it exemplifies somewhat youthful attributes.  Possessing a dark black-garnet and purple hue over no translucency.  The nose is somewhat mild with granular plum and black cherry over a moist violet floral bouquet.  It’s well balanced right off the bat, and the opening palate is reminiscent of its nose.  Bites of fleshy red and blue berries over red spice, noticeable alcohol (13%) and elevated acid. The mid-palate shows some ruggedness, but is rounded off with black currant and dry dusty earth.  Some hints of lavender, smooth tannins and toasted smokey oak come out towards the close.

Epicuro Beneventano Aglianico 2012 Tasting Notes

Given the elevated acidity and rich fruit present in this wine, consider both gamey and savory meats.  Including, but not limited to venison, bratwurst, St. Louis pork ribs and barbecue meat lovers pizza.  Even though Aglianico is an Italian variety, it pairs remarkably well with Mexican food given the spices used in many dishes.

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