Packaged in a massively heavy glass bottle, Vigna della Corona is an important expression of Aglianico that deftly sets a touch of oak-derived against black fruit and prune notes. Savory flavors of wild mushroom, tobacco and smoke give the wine a masculine, brawny personality.
Stylish but bold. The nose is bruising but lively, with pepper, plum and overall punch. In the mouth, black cherry and raspberry fruit is both snappy and rich. A wine with personality. And it’s not fading.
Definitely a standout in a crowd, Rosso di Costanza shows a broad, rustic personality, with bold tannins, a textured mouthfeel and intense aromas of ripe fruit and smoke. It’s not for everyone, but if you like power and muscle, this is for you.
With its powerful aromas of toast and caramel, lush but indistinct black fruit flavors and soft, ripe tannins framed by oak, this could be the poster child for the “international” style. It may not be the most individual or distinctive wine, but our panel enjoyed it for its sheer lusciousness and pure hedonism.
Packaged in a massively heavy bottle, Tamurro Nero is a blend of grapes indigenous to Basilicata. It deals spicy tones of cinnamon and sweet tobacco, with notes of dried fruit and black cherry.
Smells a bit like fresh veggies—like a clean earthy or dusty character—but also of stone fruits like apricot and peach; aromas and flavors you might find in some Grenache-based wines from the southern Rhône. It’s round and full in the mouth, with gritty tannins that give a hard edge to the finish. Best Buy.
Bulky fruit, leather and some overt wood manifesting itself as dry cheese comprise the bouquet. Plum, red currant and cherry tomato make for a tight, snappy palate. Lots of zip, although tannic and tight.