Aglianico

Aglianico

Aglianico's origins are Greek (the name is a dialect version of the word Ellenico, the Italian word for Hellenic) and its was originally planted in the Campania and Basilicata regions of southern Italy over 2,500 years ago when southern Italy was a Greek colony known as Magna Graecia or Oenotria.

The grapes thrived until the late 19th century when it was almost destroyed by phylloxera. Since the war plantings have gradually increased and there were about 13,000 ha/32,000 acres of Aglianico planted at the last official count, in 1990.

The grape seems to prefer soils of volcanic origin, as well as dry and sunny location, and achieves its finest results in the two DOCs of Taurasi in Campania and Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata. It is an early budding, late ripening variety and in the right hands can produce very long-lived wines of intensity and finesse. In the past young Aglianico wines were often fiercely tannic and harsh - fortunately improved techniques in both the vineyard and winery have led to fresher and riper wine being made that are eminently approachable in youth but also still improve with bottle age.

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2016 Redimore, Irpinia Aglianico, Mastroberardino, Campania
Red
2016
Ready, but will keep
Medium Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2012 Taurasi Poliphemo, Luigi Tecce, Paternopoli, Campania
Red
2012
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
15.0% Alcohol
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2011 Terra di Lavoro, Fattoria Galardi
Red
2011
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2009 Taurasi Poliphemo, Luigi Tecce, Paternopoli, Campania
Red
2009
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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2006 Terra di Lavoro, Fattoria Galardi
Red
2006
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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