Aleatico

Limited plantings of this minor red wine variety are found in warmer areas of California and Australia. Aleatico is more commonly grown in the Apulia and Abruzzo regions of southern and central Italy, on the islands of Elba and Corsica and occasionally further north in the central regions of Umbria and Tuscany. Aleatico has a strong Muscat, grape-like aroma, and is typically used to produce sweet red wines. Some believe that it is somehow related to Muscat of Alexandria, while others consider Sangiovese to be the more logical ancestor. However, DNA evaluation has not conclusively proven its lineage. There a scattering of acres of Aleatico in California. Given many red wine drinkers aversion to sweet wines, Aleatico is likely to live in relative obscurity in North America.


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or at the least very orginal. Ms. Aleatico, your
colorful red costumes and wild perfumed scent,
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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Austria

    Austria is located in the heart of Europe and is known for incredibly dry whites of exceptional ...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Elba

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Tuscany

    To consider modern day Tuscan wine, one should give props to the Etruscans, who inhabited this ...

  • Toscano

      To consider modern day Tuscan wine, one should give props to the Etruscans, who inhabited ...

  • Puglia

      Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia) is located in southeast Italy, or as many describe it, the “heel” o...

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  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

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  • Aleatico Sovana DOC 2008

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    Very Smooth and Light. Great Sweet wine Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Gavalas is a family winery on Santorini making wine on the island since the end ... ... mixed with a touch of Aleatico.I tasted these wines at the winery so they are very recent releases. Wines currently in the market may lag by a vintage or two.2010 Katsano 13% – According to the Mr. Gavalas, this is a "balcony wine." Well, when compared w... Read More

    From the article Visiting Gavalas


  • Elyse Red Blend Napa Valley Nero Misto 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by feedmetomatoes


  • Vie Cave Maremma Toscana IGT Antinori Fattoria Aldobrandes 2006

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    The color is fresh and reminiscent of a young Cabernet Sauvignon.The nose is sharp and elegant supported by a nice acidity. Then come heavier notes of wood, leather and smoke thicken the whole.On the palate, the attack is straightforward. We find the acidity of the nose. Oak aging is soft and unobtrusive. It has good length and back is very inte... Read More

    Wine review by cyril


  • Villa Pozzi Sicilia Nero Davola Wine 2007

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    great value. Read More

    Wine review by dianagood


  • Aleatico Rosso "Alea Viva" Occhipinti 2008

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    the highly aromatic nose is floral as much as rasberry; it's violety, rosey. purple, a little hot, a touch of pepper, absolutely delicious. Read More

    Wine review by DeborahL


  • Poggionotte Nero Davola IGT Sicily 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by catugrad97


  • Soo... based on some other threads, the topic of Burgundies vs. CA pinots has arisen.  I, being a French virgin, would love to hear more about burgundies.  They are NOT my expertise at all... and to be honest, I have only tasted one, and it ended up being oxidized (sommelier agreed). My expertise tends to lie with Northern California coastal pin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Burgundy vs. CA Pinot Noir......


  • Vie Cave Maremma Toscana IGT Antinori Fattoria Aldobrandes 2006

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    You have to give Antinori some credit, it's not often you find a mass producer who is still able to produce an above average quality ... but to call it spectacular? no, there are plenty of other wines from all regions, including Tuscany, that offer much more excitement. Read More

    Wine review by Saffredi Wine Import


  • Vie Cave Maremma Toscana IGT Antinori Fattoria Aldobrandes 2006

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    Very nice wine with plenty of berry on the nose. with a smooth finish. Tastes of berry and vanilla as it goes down. Nice medium bodied wine. Great for pasta or something like herb chicken or pork loin. Paired nicely with the stuffed pasta shells for dinner. If you can get it for under 15.00 its a nice buy. Read More

    Wine review by winehound69


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