Full Review

Englar Castle Winery

Englar Castle Winery
2014 Riserva, Vernatsch, Alto Adige

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .15%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$20.60

Englar Castle Winery
2014 Riserva, Vernatsch, Alto Adige

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .15%
Bright ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie, clove, and wet charcoal with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a fast candied cherries and chocolate toffee finish with medium, cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A food-friendly wine for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: cherry pie, clove, and wet charcoal
Taste Flavor: candied cherries and chocolate toffee
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Taleggio, Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A food-friendly wine for the table.

The Producer

Englar Castle Winery

The Producer
Pigano 42
Appiano, BZ 39057
Italy
39 -3334953606

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.