Considered one of Italy’s (possibly the world’s) greatest red grape varieties, Aglianico probably pre-dates the Roman Empire. This vine, with thick-skinned grapes that ripen very late (even into November), loves hills; Taburno, an extinct volcano, is one of the best growing areas for it.
Area of production: Taburno, Campania
Grape Variety: Aglianico
Altitude: 300 m a.s.l.
Soil: Argillaceous with lime-rich marlstone outcrops
Vinification: Temperature-controlled maceration, c. 10 days’ fermentation
Maturation: 1 year in French oak barrels
Nose: aromas of cherry, plum, violet, liquorice, spice, smoke
Palate: elegant and complex with flavours of wild berries, black pepper and tobacco, and balsamic notes.
Food pairing: beef, wild boar sausages, full-flavoured vegetarian dishes
Serving temperature: room temperature
Slow Wine 2021: “It has powerful tannins but they don’t mask the flavour, and excellent acid balance. Classic.”
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