Full Review

Armatura

Armatura
2015 Marche Rosso IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$22.99

Armatura
2015 Marche Rosso IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: <1%
Dusty black violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of beets, roasted sunflower seeds, dried berries, dark chocolate coated espresso bean, pickled plum, almond bark, and harissa with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An outgoing, roasty Italian blend with lots of appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Spicy & Complex & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: beets, roasted sunflower seeds, dried berries, dark chocolate coated espresso bean, pickled plum, almond bark, and harissa
Taste Flavor: beets, roasted sunflower seeds, dried berries, dark chocolate coated espresso bean, pickled plum, almond bark, and harissa
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Bone In Ribeye Steak With A White Pepper Demi-Glaze Sauce, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An outgoing, roasty Italian blend with lots of appeal.

The Producer

Traveling Vineyard

The Producer
127 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
USA
1 707-234-4747

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Regional Other Italian Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
There are red wines produced in every region in Italy, from the far north to the island of Sicily in the south. Many of these reds have a good deal of spice, as well as good acidity; some of them are meant for consumption upon release, while others are meant for many years of cellaring.

Among the most singular of these Italian regional reds are those from Abruzzo, produced from the Montepulciano grape. Deeply colored with plum and black fruit flavors, these are medium-bodied wines with tobacco and spice notes that are good values and can be consumed upon release.

There are also some beautiful reds in Sicily, especially the fragrant and fruit-driven Frappato, which has very light tannins. Nero d'Avola is a spicier, more robust style of Sicilian red.

Also in the south, Campania is home to many beautiful red wines. The best of these is Taurasi, a superb red made from the Aglianico grape. Displaying black cherry and dark chocolate notes, this is one of Italy's most sublime and longest-lived reds, with a few examples drinking well at fifty years of age.

One other regional red of note is Montefalco Sagrantino from Umbria. Sagrantino is an extremely tannic variety and this is a powerful, earthy red that needs five to seven years to shed its youthful tannic bitterness.

While Taurasi and Montefalco Sagrantino are relatively expensive reds, wines such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo as well Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno from the Marche region are excellent values.

These regional reds pair well with foods ranging from salumi to grilled chicken or pork to roast veal or steak.