Cantina Lonardo Irpinia Aglianico 2016
Deep ruby. Very perfumed fruity and floral aromas and flavors of violet, blackberry and dark cherry are complicated by a dusting of minerals.. Finishes long and juicy. The property only began producing estate-bottled wines in 1998, before which the grapes were sold to the cooperative. The vineyards have been farmed organically for generations, and they are now in official conversion for organic certification. The winemaking philosophy at Lonardo is one of "enlightened traditionalism". So, macerations are long, and aging is done in 600 liter tonneaux, with only a small percentage of new as to not "mark" the aromas of the wines. The resulting wines are pure expressions of Aglianico, in the old and soulful sense. They are big, deep, powerful and tannic, and unabashedly so. Perhaps they are not for everyone, but then again you could always lay them down for 40 years.