Librandi 'Magno Megonio' 2004 -- Yummy...any similar Calabria/S.Italy recs?
hi...i ordered a bottle of this last night at Scarpetta restaurant in NYC and i thought it was delicious: smooth, earthy, layers of fruit...
Anyone have a similar recommendations, either also from Calabria or nearby?...(i know very little about Italian wine, other than that i tend to enjoy the Southern wines more than others)...thanks in advance...
Very little wine from Calabria is imported into the States. Librandi is probably the most prominent producer that you'll find. The Magno Megonio is a little atypical as a magliocco/gaglioppo in that it has a good amount of new oak influence. They also make a few bottlings of the Cirò Rosso at very good prices, the best of which is probably the Riserva "Duca San Felice," though it will be substantially lighter in body than the Magno Megonio.
Many of the wines of the surrounding regions in Southern Italy of Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Sardinia, and Sicily fit the profile of what you're looking for, often at very reasonable prices. I vaguely recall that the Magno Megonio should be right around $75-90 given a typical markup at a restaurant the quality of Scarpetta. Some of these go above that. Nearly all have a good amount of oak influence. Quite a few of my favorites below:
Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva, Radici (aglianico)
Montevetrano, Campania - cabernet, aglianico blend.
Feudi di San Gregorio "Serpico", Campania - aglianico (unsure if this is 100% aglianico. I think Piedirosso is blended, and possibly cabernet)
Basilisco Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata -
Cantine del Notaio, Aglianico del Vulture, "La Firma", Basilicata
Sella e Mosca, "Tanca Farra", Sardinia - cannonau, cabernet blend. Unique blend of two grapes that are almost never blended together, cannonau being the local clone of grenache. Fascinating wine. Dirty in a good way.
Santadi "Shardana", Sardinia - carignano
Argiolas "Turriga", Sardinia - cannonau, carginano blend
Tormaresca "Bocca di Lupo", Puglia - aglianico
Donnafugata "Mille e Una Notte", Sicily - nero d'avola. a modern take that really gets fleshy.