Aglianico grape from the Taurasi DOCG in Campania, Southern Italy

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Aglianico grape variety
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane

The Aglianico grape is both ancient and modern. It was introduced to southern Italy in ancient times, however some of the wines that take full advantage of this noble grape are the product of modern winemakers.
On a trip to southern Italy we were stunned when we tried the Mastroberardino Taurasi which is made from this grape. This is a great example of wines produced in the Taurasi DOCG that are challenging other red wines of Italy for supremacy. Also keep an eye on the Aglianico from the Aglianico del Vulture DOC in Basilicata.
One of the reasons why these appellations are receiving so much attention is the level of tannins and acidity in this noble grape. This leads to long living, highly complex wines that develop into almost feral, gamey, forest floor wines with loads of ageing potential.
Other grape varieties such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo may be better known but keep an eye on the Aglianico wines as they have great promise.
There are some excellent, good value wines made from this grape including the already mentioned Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi, the Villa Carafa Zine and the Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico.
 
     
     
     


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