The 2008 Witch Creek Aglianico, from Valle de Guadeloupe fruit, was a bit of a stylistic departure from this producer’s Montepulcianos (from the same region). Brambly blackberry aromas, up front, were followed by hints of pepper and smoke and a faint hint of maple syrup. In the mouth, light berries were backed by a faint brininess. This upper medium-bodied wine had supple, slightly astringent tannins, good acidity, and a touch of heat. A medium-length finish carried berry flavors into some astringency. On the second day, it showed some oxidation, suggesting it may not be built for the long-term. Some savory herb and fruit aromas were disitinct. In the mouth, it remained faintly briny, with faint oak notes and hints of brown spice towards the back. There was also a greener edge to the dusty, suede-like tannins. Proportionate acids persisted. Some heat was present on the noticeably shorter, vaguely plumy finish. This wine was lighter than expected and was far less briny than the Montepulcianos. Nevertheless, it matched the brisket and BBQ ribs well. (12.4% ABV, 1 bottle tasted, 140 cases made)

WHO: Witch Creek Winery
WHAT: Aglianico
WHERE: Valle de Guadeloupe, Mexico
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $20
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