Full Review
Augustale

Augustale
2012 Nero di Troia Riserva, Castel del Monte DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20.00
Best Buy

Augustale
2012 Nero di Troia Riserva, Castel del Monte DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
Bright dusty garnet color. Earthy, inviting aromas and flavors of red licorice and ripe cassis, star anise and rose petal, freshly turned earth, and suede with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a prodigious, very long dried basil and caper berries, sun dried berries, red velvet cake, and bay leaf and allspice finish with well-integrated, silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. An impressive, earthy wine to delight your guests with.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex, Rich & Full, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: red licorice and ripe cassis, star anise and rose petal, freshly turned earth, and suede
Taste Flavor: dried basil and caper berries, sun dried berries, red velvet cake, and bay leaf and allspice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs With Mushrooms, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An impressive, earthy wine to delight your guests with.
The Producer

Cantina di Ruvo di Puglia

The Producer
Viale Madonna delle Grazie 4
Ruvo di Puglia,
Italy
39 -803601611
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.