Aglianico gets the kind of glowing write-up in The New York Times this week that importers and distributors dream about. Here’s why you should stock up. [level-members]
Refered to, sometimes derisively, as the Barolo of the South, Aglianico seems to suffer from the same lack of respect that Southern Italian cuisines sometimes feels in comparison to the north.
But it can be an age-worthy, well-balanced wine, and many are available at a fraction of the price of the Italian superstars, like Barolo.
The higher-end stuff will mostly be well above $30, but there are nice values to be had in the $20s, and the Times tasting panel found a “best value” at $16. (Terredora di Paolo Campania, Aglianico 2010)
As with many varietals, you’ll find a wide range of styles, so it can take some exploring to find the right mix, but Aglianico is definitely worth seeking out and recommending to your customers.