The Puglian Job, Part II

Aglianico: The next greatest unknown wines of Italy


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Top 6 Aglianico tasted


Aglianico

Antica Enotria
2007 Aglianico
$24
Complex and rich on the nose, with lots of black fruit topped with notes of leather, soil, spice and a touch of basil. In the mouth, this is packed with fruit supported by juicy acids and fine, faceted tannins. The long finish is fruity but cut by those fine tannins. Engaging wine with good varietal character. 91pts

2006 Carbone 400 Some
$NA (Not available in the U.S.), $20 in Italy
Sweetly aromatic with rich, spicy, peppery wild blackberry fruit. Lovely in the mouth, full of ripe tannins and bright acids that support pure, fresh blackberry and black plum skin fruit. The finish is long and lightly spicy, earthy. Certainly good today, but this might be better with another year or three in the cellar. 91pts

Tarantini
2008 Aglianico

$NA
Leathery on the nose, with precise aromas of ash, tobacco smoke, and minerally black fruit. Bright and crisp in the mouth, with crisp tannins covered in rich plummy, blackberry fruit that finishes with a nice mineral tone, though it could use a bit more length. 90pts

2007 Grifalco di Lucania Damaschito Aglianico del Vulture
$NA, $20 in Italy
A bit of diesel on the nose with woody smoky tones and a nice salame top note. Suave and fairly refined in the mouth, with tons of tannin but very fine-grained, ripe tannins. This is full of wild plum and blueberry fruit that extends on the long finish. A really nice, fruit-driven Aglianico. 90pts

2006 Conte Spagnoletti Zeuli Ghiandara Castel del Monte Aglianico
$NA, $12 in Italy
Nicely aromatic on the nose, with touches of sandalwood and aromatic herbs accenting the liquory black fruits. Somewhat lighter-styled in the mouth, with pretty black fruits that are slightly spicy, presented in a balanced, easy drinking style and ending on a moderately long blackberry finish. 89pts

Carbone
2004 Stupor Mundi Aglianico

$NA, $15 in Italy
Smoky and lightly oaky on the nose with an intense, candied, floral edge to the meaty fruit. Sweet on entry with a bit of toasty sweetness accenting the big, savory, juicy fruit. The finish is pretty well dominated by drying wood tannin. A lot of wine and a lot to like, but the wood is a bit aggressive today. 89pts

Carbone
2008 Terra dei Fuochi

$NA, $12 in Italy
Evolved on the nose with a caramelly top note to the spicy, meaty aromas that offer up complicating notes of coffee candy and light herbal tones. Nice blueberry and blackberry fruit in the mouth, with well managed tannins giving this a nice, focused medium-bodied feel. The finish is crisp and clear with attractive tannins subsumed in black cherry fruit. Fruit-driven without being fruity. 89pts


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  • Snooth User: PELLEZZANO
    512238 55

    Before arriving in Puglia the grape aglianico was introduced in Campania by the Greeks maybe 1,500 years ago.
    You should dedicate, later one, some lines to the wines of Campania.
    Saluti,

    CLARIZIA ANGELO

    Jan 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM


  • As most of the wines you mentioned are N/A in the U.S, there are several CA. producers of Aglianico. You can search for "california aglianico producers". Some that I know of are Caparone in Paso Robles (there seem to be 3 others in Paso), VJB in Sonoma Valley & Montevina in Amador County.

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM


  • Snooth User: hhotdog
    Hand of Snooth
    78705 465

    great stuff here GDP...as always i love the history and stories abut the wines. 2008 Metiusco Rosso Passito sounds right up my alley. can't wait for the next round!!

    Jan 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM


  • THANKS , THANKS . THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO START A NEW YEAR , AND FROM ITALY WOW
    PLEASE SEN ME NORE INFORMATION, TO KNOW MORE AND DEEPLY ABOUT .
    IWSH TO HAVE THEM IN VENEZUELA... GOD BLEES YOU ALL
    MOISES NARVAEZ

    Jan 18, 2011 at 8:51 AM


  • Snooth User: bropaul
    268864 105

    I had my first chance to visit Puglia in September. Since it was September and we were on the coast, it was mostly white wine. I had my first taste of both bombino bianco and malvasia di Trani - any chance you willl be reporting on the white wines too?

    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM


  • Been enjoying an inexpensive blend (neprica) from Tormaresa in Puglia. Makes a great table wine. 40% negromaro, 30% primitivo and 30% cab. The recent batch of articles on Puglia have been quite interesting.

    Cheers,
    Dave

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:03 AM


  • this is a wonderfully instructive article highlighting some of the best producers in the area. great work, well done! dom

    Jan 20, 2011 at 6:41 AM


  • Greg, your notes on the Grifalco della Lucania wines are unclear about which of their wines they pertain to. I can see by the pricing that they're different, but you neglect to distinguish bottlings by name, e.g. Gricos, Damaschito, Bosco del Falco, Grifalco. Any clarification appreciated!

    Jan 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM


  • Snooth User: bici
    28235 5

    Hi, Iam curious to hear if the Aglianico wines from Puglia are rated higher than those from Basilicata/ Campania regions. i ask becaue i have really enjoyed the Primitivos and Negromaro wiens that i have tasted these past few years.

    I am looking forward to tasting my first Aglianico wins asap.

    cheers

    Jan 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM


  • Snooth User: Helen Poole
    1337036 29

    nice

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:55 AM


  • Snooth User: anvilpep
    1370081 34

    fentastic

    Sep 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM


  • fantastic

    Sep 27, 2013 at 1:52 AM


  • fentastic

    Oct 06, 2013 at 11:37 PM


  • great

    Jan 21, 2014 at 1:01 AM


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