This Amador Aglianico tastes of intense black cherry and dusty coffee. It exhibits all the qualities of a mature wine, with firm, dry tannins and flavors of black olive and pepper, especially on the finish. Pair it with heavy, meaty dishes cooked with vegetables.
Soft and fairly sweet in what tastes like residual sugar, this wine has blackberry, cola, clove and vanilla flavors. Everything about it is nice, except that sugary finish. The alcohol level isn’t really a problem in terms of balance.
Drinks too hot for balance at the table, a dry wine with a jalapeño pepper edge to the blackberry jam and mocha flavors. It’s not a bad wine, but this was a very hot vintage and things evidently got out of control.
A Bordeaux blend with all five varieties. The vineyard is in the cooler Oak Knoll region. But coolness is relative; the vintage was blazingly hot everywhere, and the wine is almost Porty.