TAURASI DOCG ITALIAN WINE
This is the only top flight Italian wine from Campania. It is made around Avellino, south of Benevento, in common with the white Greco di Tufo. The centre-point of the denominated area is the small town of Taurasi. This fine red Italian wine is made with Aglianico grapes. Its colour is ruby to granite red and there is a very aromatic and sensual bouquet with fulsome and well-balanced taste that is rounded and harmonious. The prolonged nose of the aftertaste is quite astonishing. A sublime Taurasi Riserva is also made with at least 12.5% alcohol and no less than four years ageing. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F) but 16-18°C (60.8-64.4°F) for the older and Riserva Italian wines.
FALERNO DEL MASSICO DOC ITALIAN WINE
This is a relatively unknown small Italian wine area in the neighbourhood of Caserta. Excellent red wines are made here from Aglianico and Piedirosso grapes perhaps augmented with Primitivo and Barbera. This red Itaian wine is powerful, full-bodied, rounded, and remarkably warm (minimum alcohol 12.5%). The taste is velvet smooth, making it popular with wine drinkers. Drink this Italian wine at 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F) but 16-17°C (60.8-62.6°F) for a Riserva. An authentic Italian wine is produced from the Primitivo grape. The main grape is augmented with Aglianico, Piedirosso, or Barbera. The colour is a deep ruby red and both the nose and taste are reminiscent of freshly picked and overripe grapes. The taste for this Italian wine is fulsome, powerful, and warm (minimum 13% alcohol). Primitivo may be either dry or slightly sweet. The best wines are aged for longer and sold as Riserva or Vecchio. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 16-18°C (60.8-64.4°F).