Lacryma Christi "Cratere Rosso", Cantine Astroni 2018 (Campania, Italy)
Moving north to the mainland of Italy, this is a traditional red blend of mostly Aglianico and Piedirosso with a little Sciascinoso (sha-shee-no-so) all farmed organically on the lower slopes of of one of the world's most famous volcanoes, Mt. Vesuvius. Hand harvested and made all in steel, then bottled unfiltered. This is medium bodied and packed with smoky blackberries and spice. We also have their smoky and delicious white in the Half Dozen below.