Rocca dei Sanniti Aglianico del Taburno 2010
Say what you want about the PLCB, the Chairman’s Selection program, and privatization, this triumvirate occasionally brings us access to interesting, unique things unavailable elsewhere.
Take Rocca dei Sanniti. A small co-op wine producer located in Campania, Southern Italy, their wines are only available stateside here in PA. Yet they’ve been a regular player on the Chairman’s shelf these past few years, a reliable source of quality-to-price ratio, food friendliness and varietal tipicity.
Perhaps you’ve tried one of their whites, the fruity Falanghina, or the smoky Fiano di Avellino, both under $15, well-balanced and delicious. Me, I first fell for their flagship red, the Aglianico del Taburno, a rugged, hearty rosso, of which I’ve now tasted the 2006, 07, and 2010 vintages.
As the newer vintages have come across, I’ve noticed a slight shift towards modernity in these wines. The rusticity – tar, stinky cheese, locker room – is toned down, in favor of plums, dark berries, tobacco and anise. If I’m being totally honest, I’ll admit that for me it’s a little disappointing, because I’m weird like that, but it’s probably better for the general public. The great structure is still there, balanced acidity and firm tannins perfect alongside the fare of the region.Buy from PLCB ($13.99)