The Puglian Job, Part II

Aglianico: The next greatest unknown wines of Italy


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Top 6 Aglianico tasted



Villa Schinosa
2006 Aglianico

$NA
Spicy and soil-driven on the nose with lightly gamy, sweet, dark, meaty fruits. Rich and polished in the mouth, with juicy black fruits and soft tannins that extend on the moderately long, juniper-scented finish. 88pts

Tenuta Girolamo 2008 Aglianico
$NA
A bit closed on the nose with a real leathery note under which are lightly spicy, earthy tones. Easy on entry with good clarity on the mid-palate, which reveals slightly stiff tannins supporting gently black fruit that is simple but offers a good introduction to the varietal. 88pts

2008 Grifalco Aglianco del Vulture
$NA, $15 in Italy
Perfumed with rich purple fruit on the nose, edged with gentle notes of forest floor, juniper and white pepper. Soft and rich on entry, with tannins that build through the mid-palate to an inky intensity of plummy fruit on the spicy finish.  88pts

Terra Maiorum
2008 L’Orazio Aglianico

$NA
Fairly complex and pure on the nose with layered notes of rosemary, roast meat, crushed black fruit and black spice notes. Fairly round in the mouth with modest tannins making this fairly easy to drink. A bit pedestrian and lacking some complexity but good purity to the black fruit makes this a solid wine. 87pts

2006 Grifalco di Lucania Bosco del Falco Aglianico del Vulture
$NA, $25 in Italy
Very ripe on the nose with black fruits framed with menthol, medicinal and dried meaty tones. Really quite complex and evolving. Velvety on entry with lots of tactile dry extract. The mid-palate picks up some noticeable wood tannin, lending this a dried-out nature, particularly on the leathery finish. 87pts

Grifalco della Lucania
2008 Gricos  Aglianico del Vulture
$15
Very soil-driven nose with oily notes and fairly light fruit tones. Rich in soft tannins and well integrated acidity make this fairly elegant, if tannic. The finish is long but the wine lacks overall flavor intensity. 86pts

Grifalco della Lucania
2007 Grifalco Aglianico del Vulture
$15
Tarry and inky on the nose with a meaty notes and hints of violet and pepper that recall Syrah. Smooth and packed with polished tannin that supports spicy, dark, earthy fruit. The tannins build on the palate. Kick-you-in-the-face tannins. Might mature into something nice, but for the foreseeable future only for tannin pigs. 86pts


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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 102

    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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