2018 Giornata Aglianico 'Luna Matta Vineyard'
Paso Robles, California
100% organic Aglianico, the great red grape of Campania in southern Italy. Fermented with native yeasts and aged in neutral French oak, this wine starts with a nose of grilled meat, iron, boysenberry, peppercorn and sandalwood. The palate is dense with dark fruit - blackberry, cinnamon, and menthol with notes of game and leather. Rich, chewy, and stacked on the palate with loads of tannin and acidity. Only 120 cases were made. Giornata’s style leans more Italian than Californian in that they favor wines with balance and subtlety rather than intensity and extraction. They pick the grapes at lower sugar levels and handle the must gently in the cellar, thus resulting in wines that belong on the Italian dinner table, possessing both ample acidity and tannin.