De Leonardis Terre di Renes Rosso Basilicata 2013
De Leonardis Terre di Renes Rosso Basilicata 2013 | Bottle Price: $13.99 | Case Price: $151.09
The “Terre di Renes” Rosso is produced by the DeLeonardis brothers, Carmine and Michele. The winery is located in the Vulture valley, often called the cradle of the Aglianico grape. In this volcanic black soil, the brothers grow solely Aglianico, from which they make 3 wines. The “Terre di Renes” comes from the plot of land belonging to their mother’s family. Aglianico is known for having a dry finish with persisting tannins, and dark fruit flavors. Basilicata, located in southern Italy, is a region whose name crops up only very rarely in wine circles. It is home to just four DOCs, which collectively cover only two bottles in every hundred produced there.
The “Terre di Renes” is not a shy wine. It boasts aromas of dried flowers, dried raspberry, violet and stewed plum. More dried fruit on the palate with notes of chocolate covered cherries and cocoa dusted figs. Solid structure from both tannin and acid make it a good partner with a simple roasted duck breast.
Aglianico is a red wine grape variety native to southern Italy. It is known to produce full-bodied red wines that show musky berry flavors with firm tannins and good aging potential. A few years of aging has a favorable impact on the wine and helps the tannins to soften and the fruit profile to emerge. Though you can definitely drink this wine now, it would be very cool to let it age a bit. Buy a couple more bottles to lay down for a couple of years.