Francesco Candido Duca d'Aragonna 2004
It was in 1929 that Francesco Candido produced his first wine - an important date marking the start of a Salento-style oenological story that is still alive today thanks to the hard work and passion of Alessandro and Giacomo, the third generation of the Candido family. These two brothers have nurtured a sensible approach to farming their land while also setting in motion a programme of innovation and development in order to make a name for themselves at a competitive level both at home in Italy and abroad. The delightful red blend is full, bright ruby showing lightly amber at the rim. It is very intense on the nose, clear and fragrant. Enormously satisfying on the palate, it combines warmth and austerity with a fine harmony of flavours ranging from roasted coffee beans, tobacco and spice and a fine, well integrated hint of new oak. To match and complement this wine, gamey tones and/or a slight sweet spiciness work wonders, such as: spiced venison steaks with red-cabbage confit and red-wine sauce, medallions of venison with port and cranberries. Even an interesting pork dish such as five-spice pork and green bean stir-fry might be worth a try.
Editorial Reviews for Francesco Candido Duca d'Aragonna
Tight on the nose with low smoky notes over a lightly nutty base. Bright up front with jammy wild blueberry fruits that turn red on the elegant mid-palate. The finish is a bit matte and compressed but shows a nice base of soft, gentle fruit tannin underpinning it all. This is quite refined, perhaps too refined, though with potential. 88pts