2006 Musto Carmelitano, Serra del Prete Aglianico started with big, black licorice with a pruney/peppery note up front. Blue and black berry aromas followed but did not last well into the next day. Medium-bodied, with light licorice flavors on supple, finer but quite drying tannins and rather unobtrusive acids. The medium-length finish had two phases: First, it is a bit pruney, the most grippy of all Aglianicos in the line up. Blackberries dominated on the reprise. On the second day, licorice and prune, blueberry pie notes made up the aromas. The wine remained medium-bodied, drying and very grippy. Initially drying, the finish ended juicy with blackberry-like, plumy fruit in the second phase This wine worked better with brisket than with BBQ ribs. (100% Aglianico del Vulture. No oak. 14% ABV. 2 bottles tasted).

WHO: Musto Carmelitano Serra del Prete
WHAT: Aglianico
WHERE: Italy
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $17-$19
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