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2005 Domenico Aglianico

2005 Domenico Aglianico, Sutter Creek Vineyard, Amador County contains 8.3% Petite Sirah from Lodi. Like the 2006, it was whole berry fermented, underwent extended maceration and spent 11 months in French and American oak. This wine offered a mature bouquet of cinnamon/nutmeg notes, floral, oaky hints and a vague hint of VA. In the mouth, it was faintly sweet, with very forward and mature flavors of very light briar and tobacco pouch. The body was remarkably light for the alcohol level. Structurally, it was supple, not too grippy and with high acids. A shorter, drying, finish of mature flavors and subdued fruit followed. On the second day, jammy, almost brambly fruit aromas were laced with a vague floral hint. Vague brambly fruit over light, hints of sweetness and light tannins, bright acids and light heat followed in the mouth. The finish, again, was lightly drying with light brambly fruit, oak notes and warmth. This wine was unobtrusive with brisket and the BBQ ribs but heat came through a bit. (15% ABV, 2 bottles tasted, 266 cases made)
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2006 Domenico Aglianico

This wine was whole berry fermented, underwent 10 to 12 day maceration and spent 11 months in French and American oak. Aromas of candied cherry aromas up front suggested a little VA. The aromas of brambly blackberry and cherry had a slightly jammy character and gained in presence with a little air. In the mouth, a slight sweetness bolstered very light, fleshy sweet red fruit flavors. Medium-bodied, this wine was tangy with bright acids, not too astringent or too grippy. The medium duration finish was tangy and scintillating with red fruit. Overnight, this wine came into full stride, exhibiting mature and more youthful characteristics, It became quite smoky, with jammy bramble aromas and floral hints. In the mouth, brambly flavors were reminiscent of an aged Zinfandel. Hints of oak were also detectable. Finely-grained, minimally drying tannins and very juicy but appropriate acidity made for a dry, slightly warm structure. The wine finished with juicy blackberry. This Aglianico worked with the brisket, but the BBQ ribs were more challenging for the wine. (15.4% ABV, 2 bottles tasted, 234 cases made)
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2007 Domenico Montepulciano

This Central Valley Montepulciano with a small amount of Petite Sirah or Merlot—depending on the year—is whole cluster fermented in open top fermenters with frequent punchdowns and extended maceration. It offers aromas of macerated ripe strawberry with piney, dill notes and maple leaf hints. In the mouth, it is lighter bodied, sleek, with slight tannins, a silky texture and jolly rancher-like strawberry candy flavors. The finish is creamy, but a bit hollow. Overnight, it takes on dried rose petal and vague cherry aromas and floral hints in the mouth. This forward, mature-styled wine is an unobtrusive food companion with good acids and does not compete with food flavors. (14% ABV, 1 bottle tasted, 256 cases made)