Chez Ginetta and Antonio to honor the Camerlengo Aglianico 2010 in various formats

Of Andrew DePalma

There are invitations that you absolutely cannot say no to. Going to Ginetta and Antonio’s house is now like going to the Pope. You have to be there, you feel transported by a dark, supernatural force that unknowingly leads you to their cellar door.

As soon as you arrive in front of the monumental wooden door, just knock on the wrought iron knocker and the doors slowly open.

Cascarano and Accamilla the macerated white
Cascarano and Accamilla the macerated white

Antonio by nature is a good caciarone, talkative and with a reassuring appearance, he receives you with big smiles and, with one arm he wraps you around and with the other he already supports the first bottle of refermented white wine as an aperitif, and introduces you to the other guests with approach as a prophet of artisanal wine.

Chez Ginetta and Antonio to honor the Camerlengo the Aglianico 2010
Chez Ginetta and Antonio to honor the Camerlengo the Aglianico 2010

Ginetta is always very measured but decisive and acts as a calmer to her husband’s exuberant character; she welcomes us with a smile as a friend of all time and lots of hugs.

Ginetta and Antonio
Ginetta and Antonio

Here the “Wine” is celebrated; as nectar that takes away the sins of the world; that relieves you of all thoughts; with the only obligation to feel good and enjoy the precious nectar without preconceptions, and/or absolute certainties…

More than a tasting it is a meeting between people who love friendship and the noble nectar; there is no need to know each other, wine acts as a glue and seals friendships without interest.

Antonio Cascarano
Antonio Cascarano

The Aglianico Camerlengo 2010 is already a great vintage in itself and it proves it in every format, from the 0.750 which struggles to open, more introverted but then indulges in lots of fruit and floral notes; with the spice that acts as a counterpoint such as cinnamon and black pepper: the sip remains decisive with evident tannins and a finish that is always juicy and full of flavor and fruit.

Personally I have my certainties, I particularly love the evolution of Aglianico in large formats starting from 3 liters (jéroboam) to 6 liters (Mathusalem) here Aglianico Camerlengo expresses itself with all its elegance: and this in no way means less longevity.

Both the small format and the large format will have a different evolution but both long-lived; it’s just a matter of tasting the same vintages in a few years, and that’s what Antonio promised us.

Cascarano Camerlengo in various formats
Cascarano Camerlengo in various formats

Let’s say immediately that the basic characteristic of Camerlengo is its remarkable acidity and sapidity supported by a good dose of minerality and pleasantly bittering tannins; in addition to the black fruit, floral notes, and lots of black spice.

From 3 liters upwards, the olfactory and gustatory elegance is accentuated; The scents of the undergrowth and the balsamic fragrances are wrapped in so much black spice with the ubiquitous cinnamon and black pepper, to all of this the mineral and volcano nuances are added and the maximum pleasure is reached.

The tannins of rank are always silky, they are never prevalent, dry, rough, but they do their job as tannins well, they manage to play as a team with the remarkable acidity and sapidity of the Camerlengo, applying it to various combinations where the succulence is abundant of chewing such as roasted meats, braised meats, stews and of course very aged cheeses.

And after a lot of work to appease and balance the complex game that is created between food and wine, red fruit comes into play with mentholated nuances to soothe and relax the palate.

To best enjoy this wine, it would be advisable to first get to know the producer and his territory, but if you can’t wait, drink and enjoy wherever you are.

I conclude that Antonio implements eco-sustainable agriculture, without the use of pesticides and anything else that could weaken the vitality of the vineyard.

It does not use yeasts for fermentation, it does not filter the wines.

When working in the cellar, avoid scrambling as little as possible the path that leads the grape nectar to become wine.

Camerlango Farm by Antonio Cascarano

WINERY in via dei Tigli (Park of the Cellars of Rapolla PZ)

www.camerlenodoc.it. – [email protected]

Chez Ginetta and Antonio to honor the Camerlengo Aglianico 2010 in various formats – Luciano Pignataro Wine Blog