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Aglianico

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Taking its home in the mountainous southern Italian regions of Campania and Basilicata, Aglianico is a bold red variety that needs a long hang time to fully develop and is actually one of the very last of the Italian red varieties to be harvested each year. It often spends until November on the vine and pushing it any faster often leads to rough and untamable tannins.

While maybe not as popular as Brunello or Barolo, among Italy’s noble reds, it certainly can boast the same aging potential. Aglianico also has great success in volcanic soils such as those found in Basilicata where it makes the robust, Aglianico del Vulture. It is also found scattered throughout vineyards in Calabria, Puglia and Molise. Producers in Austrailia and California grow Aglianico with success too.

Tasting Notes for Aglianico

Aglianico is a dry red wine. The best Aglianicos are rustic, earthy and deep in color with dried fig, plum, blackberry, black pepper and dark chocolate. Full of fine-grained tannins, Aglianico has good acidity and an intense, lingering finish.

Perfect Food Pairings for Aglianico

Aglianico is fantastic alongside roasted or grilled meats, anything with black truffles and aged cheeses.

Sommelier Secrets for Aglianico

The name “Aglianico” bears striking resemblance to Ellenico, the Italian word for "Greek," but no evidence shows it having any ancestry in Greece. However, first documentation of its plantings appears around an ancient Greek colony located in the lush hills of present-day Avellino, Campania. It thrives there today as the exclusive variety in the strikingly delicious and age-worthy, red wine called Taurasi.

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  • Cantina del Taburno Aglianico Fidelis 2005 Front Label
    Cantina del Taburno Aglianico Fidelis 2005
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2005 Front Label
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    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2005 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2005
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    • Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005 Front Label
      Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005
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    • Terre dei Re Aglianico del Vulture Divinus 2005 Front Label
      Terre dei Re Aglianico del Vulture Divinus 2005
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    • Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2005 Front Label
      Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2005
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      • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2005 Front Label
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        • Terredora di Paolo Pago Dei Fusi Taurasi 2005 Front Label
          Terredora di Paolo Pago Dei Fusi Taurasi 2005
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        • Salvatore Molettieri Irpinia Cinque Querce Aglianico 2005 Front Label
          Salvatore Molettieri Irpinia Cinque Querce Aglianico 2005
          Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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          • Farnese Piano del Cerro Aglianico del Vulture Riserva 2005 Front Label
            Farnese Piano del Cerro Aglianico del Vulture Riserva 2005
            Aglianico from Basilicata, Italy
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            • Mustilli Sant'Agata dei Goti Cesco di Nece Aglianico 2005 Front Label
              Mustilli Sant'Agata dei Goti Cesco di Nece Aglianico 2005
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              • Basilisco Aglianico del Vulture 2005 Front Label
                Basilisco Aglianico del Vulture 2005
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                • Paternoster Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo 2005 Front Label
                  Paternoster Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo 2005
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                • Cantina Giardino Irpinia Nude Aglianico 2005 Front Label
                  Cantina Giardino Irpinia Nude Aglianico 2005
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                  • Cantine Borgo di Colloredo Terre degli Osci Aglianico 2005 Front Label
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                    Aglianico from Molise, Italy
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                    • D'Angelo Aglianico del Vulture Valle del Noce 2005 Front Label
                      D'Angelo Aglianico del Vulture Valle del Noce 2005
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                      • Paternoster Aglianico del Vulture Synthesi 2005 Front Label
                        Paternoster Aglianico del Vulture Synthesi 2005
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