Il Rosso Aglianico 2012

Reviewed by Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1

The Il Rosso Aglianico is garnet-red in color and is opaque. Savory aromas like bacon fat or steak fat with subtle cherry and cocoa aromas. A very classic, old world nose that takes some time to develop (decant for a few minutes) and keeps you reaching for descriptors. So take your time, swirl and sniff, swirl and sniff, swirl and … okay, you got it. On the palate, the wine is very complex with a medium bodied mouthfeel, medium tannins and slightly higher acidity. The wine has a touch of raspberry on the tip of the tongue followed by a little plum, sawdust, leather and a touch of cigar tobacco on the mid palate. The finish has a really neat Sunkist raisin touch to it that just adds another layer to this wine.

Il Rosso Aglianico has tons of aging potential and I’m setting aside a bottle just for that purpose. Exciting juice at under twenty dollars. This is the perfect gift wine for the wine geek in your life. Cheers! Il Rosso Aglianico . See below to learn more about Aglianico.

Tansey’s Blind Review – 91 points

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Wine Selection –  Il rosso Aglianico del Vulture 2012

Producer – Il Rosso  

Style – Dry Italian red wine

Varietals – 100% Aglianico  

Region – Genzano Di Lucania, a commune located in the Vulture area of the Basilicata region of Italy

Alcohol – 13%

Oak – New French oak

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What is Aglianico del Vulture ?

Aglianico is a black grape that produces red wine. The grape variety was born in Greece and was brought to southern Italy by Greek Settlers in the 8th century b.c. There are no longer any plantings in Greece, so the grape is more or less considered indigenous to Italy. One oenologist, Denis Dubourdieu, said “Aglianico is probably the grape with the longest consumer history of all.” It is most prevalent in the Basilicata region and the Campania region of southern Italy.

Aglianico del Vulture is a red wine from the Vulture area of the larger Basilicata region of Italy. Vulture has volcanic soils that hail from Mount Vulture…go figure. This area is the only DOCG in Basilicata and their Aglianico wines are said to be some of the best wines in Italy. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1. 

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