Along with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, Aglianico is thought of as one of Italy’s three noble grape varietals. Aglianico was transplanted from Greece to southern Italy sometime in the 7th century B.C.

Aromas of cherry, plum, and blackberry, along with accents of sweet spice, earth, and floral notes rise up from a glass. Cherry and plum meld with flavors of dusty oak, spice, and lavender on the palate. Aged enough to begin to mellow, the characteristic heavy tannins have mellowed resulting in a smooth, fairly light, wine with a nice dry finish. A lamb stew would make an ideal paring.

FBWorld Panel Score: 88