Aglianico is delicious! Ok, maybe this argument can only be used for mom. Then this:
1. Noble and non-industrial grape. It grows only on 9,900 hectares in the world, almost all – in Italy. For comparison – Paris just a little bit bigger!
2. Aglianico one of those grapes that grows on a volcano: volcanic soils make up only 1% of the earth’s surface. It fills the grapes with a completely unique minerality and acidity.
3. The price is wonderful: in the Tuscany, as the sommelier says, it makes little sense to buy wine below 12-15 euros (at the producer, not in the shop), then the Aglianico from Campania, Basilicata, Sicily can start at the half price and the quality is so good!
4. Color: bright, saturated, which can colorize boring grey days. @elysiamyers.wineart does it in the literal sense, using Aglianiko in her beautiful paintings!
5. Longevity: one of those wines worth drinking when they get old. The older the better. Even opening a bottle of 20 years of aging, the wine does not smell like socks or mice
This is a few manufacturers whose wines, at the suggestion of my sommelier colleagues, I managed to try and which I liked a lot:
Mastroberardino – pioneer in cultivating Aglianico in Italy. His Radici Taurasi Riserva ‘99 and ‘97, tasted like a kiss of an angel
Vitis in Vulture – a small cooperative from Sicily, Labellum was berry good, whites are+=
Fattoria Pagano – we were so excited in opinion exchange, that I forgot what we’ve tasted. Only remember it was delicious!
What is your relation with Aglianico?
Can you suggest other wines or producers?