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Pronounced Ah-lee-on-eekoh. A grape varietal used in the production of powerful red wines. Originating in Southern Italy, it is grown primarily in the Campania and Basilicata regions. The Aglianico is vinified as a 100% varietal wine and Falerno Del Massico produces an excellent blend with a high proportion of the Aglianico varietal. Though a majority of wines produced with the Aglianico grape tend to be dull and of low quality, 100% varietals from Taurasi and Aglianico Del Vulture have D.O.C. status.

Characteristics: Young Aglianico are high in tannins and acidity, making them harsh. Aged, high quality, Aglianico wines tend to be balanced, subtly fruity, earthy, chocolately, satiny in texture with the aroma of coffee. This powerful, structured wine is typically associated with a long finish.

Ageing: Ageing of 3-10+ years is recommended.

Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 64.4º-68º F.

Food pairings: Roasted meats, game, aged cheese, pasta, lamb, grilled poultry, sausage.

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