2007 Castello Ducale Pallagrello Nero Terre del Volturno IGT

Mission Codename: The Land of Volturno

Operative: Agent White

Objective: Visit Italy’s Campania region and secure an exclusive and rare selection for our operatives.

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Castello Ducale

Wine Subject: 2007 Pallagrello Nero – Terre del Volturno IGT

BackgrounderPallagrello Nero is a rare bark skinned grape of Italian heritage Plantings of this unique and rustic varietal dates back to roman times. The Terre del Volturno IGT is located in the Campania region of southern Italy. The wines of this region are predominantly red with grapes that include Aglianino, Casavecchi, and Pallagrello Blanco and Nero as is the case of this wine.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Dark garnet with bright ruby red streaks that shine through its clear but dense heart. The color lightens only slightly along the edges and when swirled, clusters of randomly spaced medium legs streak down the side of the glass.

Smell – Bright and rustic aromas of red cherry, raspberry and ripe plum blend with earthy, spicy and floral aromas. Notes of green herbs and softly toasted oak along with toasted vanilla adds depth and invites a sip.

Feel – Smooth and plush upon entry before the finely textured tannins and mouth drying minerality hits at mid palate. This dry and medium-to-full bodied wine has soft but balanced acidity that peaks at the back of the tongue and last into the finish.

Taste – Ripe and plush flavors of red cherry, raspberry, strawberry and red plum leads the way and is followed by this wine’s earthy, exotic spice, hot pepper and toasted vanilla flavors. As the toasted vanilla lingers hints of green herbs and dried flowers appear along with notes of leather and oak.

Finish – Very long, with the mouth drying tannins and minerality lasting and lasting. The red fruit flavors fade leaving behind the oak and toasted vanilla as well as hints of earth and herbs.

Conclusion – The 2007 Castello Ducale Pallagrello Nero – Terre del Volturno IGT is a classic rustic southern Italian wine. Plenty of red fruit and the toasted vanilla lasts from start to finish. Its mouth drying minerality and tannins as well as its balanced acidity lends itself to rich sauces, baked pasta and dried or roasted meats. Enjoy this wine tonight or cellar for the next thee to five years.

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The approximate location of the Castello Ducale can be seen in this satellite photo.

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