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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  • Rosa d'Oro Aglianico 2006

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    Initial attack of licorice on the nose which blew away after 30 minutes. inky ... which is to be expected with aglianico. this is not a sipping wine. pair it with a hearty meat based meal and you won't be disappointe Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Caparone Aglianico Paso Robles 2004

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    Wine review by kcousins


  • Hello all,I figured I should probably introduce myself, or perhaps more appropriately introduce ourselves, since two people use this account.I'm Nick, and I'm from northwest Ohio (Toledo, right on the border of Michigan). I made this account for use by my girlfriend, Kat, and I as a means of chronicling our new experiences with wine. We're both ... Read More

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  • Radici Taurasi 2003

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    Decent but needs to be aged to mellow out some flavors and let it blend. Dark, fruity and moist with cherry and oak flashes to pepper on my tongue and wet smoke in my mouth. Shows potential. The variety of grape is very unique though, it has the berry flavor that Cabernet sauvignon is missing with the same sort of distinct changes in texture and... Read More

    Wine review by donloah


  • Pipoli Aglianico Chiaro Bianco IGT 2006

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    Tried this at Francesca's Forno in Chicago. Delightfully suprised by this inexpensive white aglianico! Perfect with the veal! Read More

    Wine review by angelanap


  • Perhaps some grape banter to get things started:Grenache asked Cabernet, why do all the other vines always pick on me so? Cabernet responded abruptly, quite simply, you arent a noble grape. Grenache wondered what noble meant. Cabernet wasnt exactly sure, yet always assumed it was noble because it came from Bordeaux, the best region in the world ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What makes a grape noble?...


  • Vinosia Irpinia 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Gassendi


  • Di Meo Taurasi Riserva 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by Tussius


  • Nude Aglianico d'Irpinia 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by zimen


  • Borgo di Colloredo Biferno Gironia 2003

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    great dark color. this is 80% Montepulciano, 20% Aglianico. I was shocked that this is an '03. tastes young like an '07. nice and juicy. reminds me of a thick nero d'avola. slight bubble gum flavors but not too much else going on. nice little quaffer that would go well with most foods. rich and rustic. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


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