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Audrey Penn
June 26, 2024 | Newsletter, Wine Geek Wednesday | Audrey Penn

Wine Geek Wednesday: Aglianico

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Welcome back to another edition of Wine Geek Wednesday! We could all use a little break as we work to find the new normal here in Ruidoso with some fun wine facts. Today, we’re diving into the world of Aglianico, a gem of a grape that’s been captivating palates for centuries.
A Glimpse into History.

First off, let’s talk origins. The name "Aglianico" [ah-LYAH-nee-koh] is believed to stem from the Greek term "Vitis Hellanica," meaning "Greek grapevine".

Some research suggested that Greek settlers, way back around 800 BC, brought their precious vines to the sun-soaked lands of Southern Italy. Whether it’s truly native or a cherished import, Aglianico found its home in the regions of Campania and Basilicata.
The Mediterranean.

Volcanic soils and the warm Mediterranean climate imbue Aglianico with its distinct character. Think about these grapes basking in the golden sun, and soaking up the minerals from ancient volcanic deposits. This, dear reader, is terroir at its finest!

In Campania, Aglianico shines as the famous Taurasi, while in Basilicata, it dazzles as Aglianico del Vulture. These regions celebrate Aglianico with a fervor that’s palpable. And rightly so! These wines are often compared to Italy’s illustrious Barolos (made from Nebbiolo grapes), yet they come at a fraction of the price. Talk about a wine lover’s dream!

The Essence of Aglianico.

Aglianico is like a superstar of Italian wines. It’s a black grape that crafts wines with a remarkable structure and depth. Known for its full-bodied profile, Aglianico delivers a sensory journey that’s both robust and refined. 

Here’s what makes it stand out:

1. High Tannins & Acidity: These give Aglianico its powerful structure. Yes, it can be a bit harsh in its youth, but oh, the magic that happens with age!

2. Flavor Profile: Think black fruits, violets, herbs, leather, and smoky notes on the nose. On the palate, it’s a luxurious blend of plum, blackberries, coffee, chocolate. Yes, PLEASE!

Aglianico grapes are black and craft wines with remarkable structure and depth. 
Aging With Grace.

Patience is a virtue, especially with Aglianico. This wine is built to age, often needing 3 to 5 years to soften its tannic bite. But the reward that comes with wines that can evolve beautifully over a decade or more, is that they reveal layers of complexity and balance. 

However, while traditional Aglianico wines demand patience, modern winemaking techniques are making some versions more approachable upon release. So, whether you’re a seasoned collector or a curious newbie, there’s an Aglianico out there ready to delight your taste buds.

Here in New Mexico.

Our Aglianico grapes hail from Paolo at NM Vineyards in Deming. We're very fortunate to be working with such beautiful fruit that we get to share with you all.

2021 Aglianico
2021 Aglianico
raspberry • anise • toasted walnut 

Aged for 2 full years in French and American oak. On the palate, tart and vibrant notes of raspberry provide a lively sensation. Anise introduces a subtle, aromatic spiciness, while licorice root adds a deeper, more earthy sweetness. The smooth and textured finish is further enriched by the toasty and nutty flavor of toasted walnut.



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