Sant'Angelo all'Esca AV, Italy (Campania)
85% Aglianico, 15% Merlot
Milena Pepe brings finesse and freshness to the indigenous grapes of Campania. One of the keys to success with this noble red grape is the 2 years of aging before bottling. Aromas of cherry and blackberry abound with black pepper and cocoa. The palate expresses earthy tannins and a lingering finish recalling wild berries, forest floor, and spice.
POINTS OF INTEREST
This high elevation area with volcanic soil is known for structured wines. In the right hands, the Aglianico grape shines the brightest with structure, power, and elegance. Comparable to Nebbiolo in the north, this is the noble grape of the south. Two years aging in a neutral vessel, tame the tannins, retaining the fruit character. Milena Pepe studied enology in France and worked with prominent producers in the Rhone valley.