This is a delicious Volcanic wine with an actual sword on the label, what's not to like?
Ensis comes from the Latin word meaning sword/fight and basically tells the story of a fight between two men over the same girl. No one was a winner on this occasion. She was turned into a sea stack by her father Neptune, Sebeto cried so much he turned into a river, and Vesevo lost his mind, and the fire of his love was turned into the volcano (Vesuvius).
The wine comes from the east of Naples in the small AOC of Taurasi. It is made from 100% Aglianico grapes, a variety found almost entirely in Southern Italy. Grapes for this wine have been sourced from vineyards which are over 100 years old. Constantly exposed to cool sea breezes blowing from the Bay of Naples, these winds over centuries have brought ash from Mount Vesuvius, resulting in a complex volcanic soil.
Taurasi is in the southern region of Campania, the shin of Italy. Although this region is southerly and therefore very warm, there is a massive difference between day and night time temperatures. This allows fruit to ripen, then relax at night, and preserve freshness.
The wine has been aged in french barriques for 14 months, with further ageing in bottle before release. At 8 years old, the wine is really starting to find its feet. Taurasi can sometimes be dominated by drying tannins, this is not the case with this wine. There is plenty of bright, red berry fruits, combined with subtle tar or ash aromas, there is also some vanilla spice from the oak. For a big wine this is remarkably drinkable and a steal.