Villa Schinosa
2006 Aglianico

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
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

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
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
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