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Snooth User: Eric Guido

Aglianico - I need some recommendatiions

Posted by Eric Guido, Jul 15, 2011.



Salvatore Molettieri

These are the three names that I put into my cellar... and sit on with the intention of drinking them years from now.  

However, I've yet to have an Aglianico that's really impressed me.  I guess the closest I've come is Mastroberardino naturalis historia, after a long decant.  It was more modern than I had hoped but still enjoyable (it also cost $50+).

Can anyone suggest some good Aglianico that will impress, drink well and not cost an arm and a leg?


Reply by GregT, Jul 16, 2011.

Eric - I'm not sure what you mean. Mastroberardino is the pretty much the family who set the standard and they're the first who exported their wines to the US as far as I know, so they're as traditional as they are modern. They've also spent a lot of money and effort preserving the ancient grapes around the area so that other people can produce wines from them.  Haven't researched but I'm guessing that most of the Aglianico in the US wasn't even shipped until maybe 20 years ago. 

Regardless, I'm pretty much with you - I've yet to have any that are all that impressive.  I've a few bottles sitting around that I'm just waiting on for a few years.  As a gross generalization, the wines from Taurasi are a bit easier to take than those from Vulture, which usually seem tighter and harder, but I probably shouldn't talk since I haven't had all that many over the years to draw any meaningful conclusions from. 

You might try Boccella.  It's a Taurasi brought in by some friends.  Good stuff actually if you can find it.

Reply by Eric Guido, Jul 16, 2011.

That's what I mean though, it's an entire region full of producers... yet, both you and I (who are heavily immersed in wine) can only come up with a few meaningful names.

The naturalis historia, from Mastroberardino, is decidingly more modern than their Taurasi.  Enjoyable but a little expensive.

I'm hoping someone can give me some more to sink my teeth into.  I'll look for Boccella.  I see it available from Flemington liquors on wine-searcher.  Thanks Greg.

Reply by GregT, Jul 17, 2011.

If I have any we'll have it next time I see you.

Reply by Eric Guido, Jul 21, 2011.

That would be great.  It's been such a work heavy summer for me and I'm starting to really get the bug to go out.

Reply by liolik, Jul 30, 2011.

As for me, Feudi di San Gregorio produces some good aglianicos. Also Mastroberardino, but Radici Taurasi Riserva. I have some bottles of 1998, 1999 vintages. Recently tasted 1998 and can say that's really impressive wine.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 30, 2011.

Not all aglianico has to be expensive, and I have enjoyed a number of lower end versions.  Somehow, it's easier when expectations aren't as great.  For about $12, you can get Gricos, which we had at Oliveto last December for a company dinner--everyone abandoned the white we were drinking, which wasn't bad, either.  I'm sure we paid quite a bit more since we bought it at the restaurant, but I had no regrets, so I must have liked it a lot.

Reply by tmarman, Jul 30, 2011.

Feudi di San Gregorio is a great producer; personally, I've been more impressed with many of their offerings than Mastroberardino. We have the 1999 Taurasi Riserva which we got a pretty good price on ($35) but it was still fairly underwhelming for the price. 

Reply by Peppino, Jul 30, 2011.

I prefer those from Campania.  I like both Mastro and Feudi but I believe Feudi has more offerings in lower price range such as the Aglianico Rubrato which I believe is an IGT and should be under $20.  I tend to like Taurasi better and my favorite producer is Antonio Caggiano but it's generally about $50.

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