This Aglianico is opaque and murky, a deep shade of garnet with slim legs in the glass. The nose is showing bottle age- prunes, stewed black fruit, caramel, game, blackberry, coffee bean and black truffle. The palate is fresher than I thought it would be. Clean flavors of blackberry, coffee, game (also some bacon fat), caramel and a touch of the prunes/stewed fruits. The wine is dry and the tannins are pretty integrated now but they have a presence- remember…. this varietal is extremely tannic in youth. It’s not a very acidic wine but there is balance with the fruit, structure and body (mid to full). The finish is medium but dominated by the tannins which have by now started to grip. A nice, mature Italian red that has softened with age, picked up tertiary nuance and will drink well till 2025. I am pairing it with sausage and collard infused Arrabbiata on a bed of garbanzo pasta. Should be interesting. 92 points for this $40 bottle makes it a 5 star effort. Salut….