La Guardiense Janare Alfabeto Aglianico del Sannio 2020 Campania
La Guardiense is a co-operative of growers located in Sannio DOP, around Benevento north of Naples. It was started in 1960 by 33 local farmers and now encompasses 1,000 smallholders in the region. The Janare wines are the perfect introduction to the varietal personalities of Campania's main players, and all wines are made using native yeasts.
This is a pleasingly uncompromising introduction to aglianico, a Campanian red grape with big tannins, plenty of acidity and no shortage of stuffing either. Expect red and black fruits, some smoky, earthy flavours and a rasp of liquorice on a palate that is given a craggy texture by its tannins, which demand some gutsy food such as beef, lamb or hard cheeses. It's got a lot of personality for the price.