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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  • Arcos Aglianico 2010


    Aroma: Cherry, Spice (cant distinguish), earthy mushroomy smell.Taste: Definitely chewy, light tannins, smooth, drinkable.In Sum: Love this wine. Easy to drink and I really like the feel, smoothness and flavor. Not overpowering, but distinct and complex. To me at least. Read More

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  • Rocca del Dragone Aglianico 2009


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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Rubrato 2011


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  • Di Meo Aglianico 2005


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    Wine review by mannycorks

  • This could be so easy. Barolo, Amarone, Chateauneuf du Pape, Bordeaux, Port. ... ... Duoro $27 Italy Aglianico is one of Italy's great red wines, though it has remained pretty much an insider's wine for years. In fact for years it’s been the ‘next great thing’ from Italy, yet has never managed to really break through to the mainstream. That m... Read More

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  • Tenuta di Somaro Aglianico Primitivo 2011


    Velvety and rich with bold fruit flavors. Ripe berry overtones. Soft tannins. Vanilla & brown sugar notes. Cinnamon. Beautiful velvety mouth feel. Wonderfully balanced. Read More

    Wine review by nrphoto

  • Musto Carmelitano Aglianico del Vulture Serra del Prete 2009


    Clear garnet color. Cherries and cream on the nose with hints of violets and rose petals. Fresh, resiny cranberry on the palate with notes of orange rind and smoke, needed several hours to smooth out the strong tannins. A building finish of dark stonefruit and black pepper. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime

  • Italy has a huge number of "native" grape varieties, mostly because ... to those other reds, like Aglianico and Nero d'Avola, that I was mad for a couple years ago.  I'm also a big fan of Lagrein from the area ceded by Austria at the end of WW I, Alto Adige (aka Sudtirol).BTW, two new favorite Italian wines:  2009 Monsanto Chianti Classico Ris... Read More

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  • I'm continuing to try to broaden my wine horizons and try a broad spectrum of new wines.I was lucky enough to find a neat store that only sells Italian wines. And holy cow, did this ever open my eyes to a slew of new-to-me grape varieties! I bought a case of wine - most bottles made from grapes I've never heard of. I figure such complex diversit... Read More

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  • Molettieri Aglianico Irpinia Cinque Querce 2006


    Soft tannins with good acid. Great dark cherry and plum. Excellent value. Read More

    Wine review by jshimkin

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