Aglianico

 

Name of varietal: Aglianico
 
Common synonyms: Aglianico del Vulture, Ellenico, Ellanico, Eilanikos, Agliatica, Uva Nera
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to either Greece or Italy
 
History of the grape: There is documented proof of the existence of Aglianico in Basilicata, Italy as far back as the 6th century. There are three versions of how it got there, and as of press time, there is no concrete DNA proof of what is correct. One theory is that it was brought to Italy from Greece, and is the reason why it is sometimes called “Ellenico” meaning “from Helena,” a.k.a. Greece. Another is it was planted by the Greeks in Campania to grow a local Falernum, which was their equivalent of a First Growth. The third theory is that it grew wild in Southern Italy, but was first discovered by the Greeks, who called it “Eilanikos,” which means “vine in the trees.” So the Greeks had something to do with it, but just what is uncertain Read more »

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... on ... on vacation.We moved on to Aglianico.  Turned out Sandy had done quite a bit of research into this and even wrote a nice article on the history of Aglianico.  This was really pleasantly tannic, reminded me of Xynomavro from Greece.  Who knows, since it was brought from Greece ... Read More

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  • Azienda Agricola Montevetrano Red Blend Colli di Salerno IGT Montevetrano 2001

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    Just opened a 2001 and was surprised at how young it was on first taste. But it quickly opened up, and I would say it is near peak, maybe another ear or two. Read More

    Wine review by ReiToei


  • Tenuta I Gelsi Gelso Rosso 2011

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    A nice peppery finish. Read More

    Wine review by drew522


  • Oh, the hell of wanting to be a wine journalist. Take a passel of old things ... in every grape variety from aglianico to xynomavro and zinfandel to see what might actually work. He had to have something to do since once he bluffed Time Warner into that merger there was no longer real work for him.Etc., etc. across all those locales. I'm sure ... Read More

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  • Some interesting places listed here that seem worthy of exploring...Next "Biggest" Wine Regions Read More

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  • Emark - you got it. If they have Zinfandel, they shouldn't also list it by ... restaurants. And you got the Aglianico too - that chocolate bitterness is a kind of calling card for it.There's a guy in Temecula who is making a good Montepulciano! He does Aglianico too but his Montepulciano is seriously drinkable.As far as Grignolino, good catch.... Read More

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  • OK, I'll put this one here, since it is produced form a blend of two grape ... ...  Montepulciano and Aglianico: Also, I should mention that this is another Costco Selezione.I have never heard of the Molise DOC, but, then again, I am definitely not the most worldly wine drinker.  This one hit my sweet spot by not blasting me in the face with ... Read More

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  • Di Majo Norante Ramitello 2011

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    Quite modest nose. I can detect some berry fruit and some herbals. On the tongue, there is a brief encounter with blueberry flavor, but that is quickly overcome by earthiness, or, maybe, dark chocolate bitterness. Then, I realize that this wine is seriously tannic. Fairly low acid. A wine that begs for food accompaniment, and I dont think it... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ...eAglianicoCarmenereCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca  Read More

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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Irpinia Serpico 2003

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    Still young, she (serpico) was cellared by a collector/ decanted and was still quite young and fresh. Nice job Fuedi. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • very good buy good grape tastful

    Comment by 1520945goat 1520945 goat


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