This is the higher-tier expression of Aglianico from this fabulous producer who is still under the radar outside of Campania. The Stefania Barbot 2015 Taurasi Fren is an expressive and beautiful vintage with enough inner tension and energy to ensure a long and happy drinking window of ten years or more. These offerings from Stefania Barbot are drop-dead gorgeous. That said, this wine is a bit more closed right now, but it will give a lot in the future with more bottle evolution. The Fren is made with fruit from 70-year-old vines, and the wine ages carefully in oak for 24 months. Only 4,000 bottles were made. I am excited by this terrific new discovery.I am absolutely impressed by these new releases from Stefania Barbot and can still vividly taste the wines now as I write this introduction months after my tasting in Campania. The wines awarded me with that elusive sense of having discovered true potential in a name that is relatively new to me and virtually undiscussed among my colleagues. Thanks to these excellent first impressions, I am very excited to give these wines the high scores they deserve. ML
Dried blueberries, black pepper, aniseed, orange peel and strawberries spring from the glass. Medium to full body, polished, steely tannins and a medium-chewy finish all make for very enjoyable drinking now. But better in 2021.
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