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Vinosia Irpinia Aglianico 2009

Aglianico from Italy
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Winemaker Notes

The nose is distinctive, with inviting aromas of sour cherries and roasted hazelnuts. Flavors of fresh herbs coupled with firm tannins make this wine an excellent match for simmered stews, pastas and game.

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Imagine a rustic Beaujolais made out of aglianico and you’d have something close to this wild and completely charming red. It smells like fresh tobacco and grilled meat, tastes like dark fruit edged by acidity, and leaves off with a smile. For a cookout.
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Vinosia, Italy
2009 Irpinia Aglianico
Vinosia is young project founded by Mario and Luciano Ercolino, whose family founded Feudi di San Gregorio where Mario was formerly the head winemaker. In 2003, Mario and Luciano set out to make their own wines and founded Vinosia, a new place of wine. The winery is located in the township of Carazita, 5km from Taurasi, in a village called Luogosano (meaning healthy place). Mario oversees the winemaking process with the highest level of precision and care, while Luciano manages marketing and distribution. Together, they are dedicated to expressing the potential and character of the region's wines by putting a modern spin on native varieties.

Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular and age-worthy wines at its best. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola, and of course, Pinot Grigio.

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 takes until November to fully ripen and pushing to do it any faster often leads to rough and untamable tannins.

The name “Aglianico” bears striking resemblance to Ellenico, the Italian word for "Greek," but no evidence shows it having any ancestry in Greece. Although, first documentation of its plantings appear around an ancient Greek colony located in the lush hills of present-day Avellino, Campania. It still thrives there today as the exclusive variety in the acclaimed, strikingly delicious and age-worthy red wine called Taurasi. 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 Basilicata where it makes the robust Aglianico del Vulture and is found in scattered vineyards throughout the regions of Calabria, Puglia and Molise.

Aglianico does well where soils are rich in volcanic matter, as is the case in Taurasi and Vulture. The best Aglianicos are rustic and earthy, deep in color with dried fig, plum, blackberry, black pepper and dark chocolate characteritics. Full of fine-grained tannins, Aglianico has good acidity and an intense, lingering finish.

Producers in Austrailia and California grow Aglianico with soem success as well.

Aglianico is fantastic alongside roasted meats, grilled meat with a spice rub, anything with black truffles and aged cheeses.

DSED1717_09_010_2009 Item# 121367

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