Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Aglianico amRhien (VA)


AmRhein is a German name meaning “on the Rhein” (Rhine) River. AmRhein’s Wine Cellars is a Virginia family owned and operated, estate-grown winery, specializing in wines with a German influence. Our vineyards were first planted in 1995 and our first crush occurred in 1999. We now have three vineyards (Bent Mountain, Franklin County and Botetourt) boasting 40 acres and yielding 20 varieties of grapes.

According to Wikipedia:
Aglianico (pronounced [aʎˈʎaːniko], roughly "ahl-YAH-nee-koe") is a black grape grown in the Basilicata and Campania regions of Italy. The vine originated in Greece and was brought to the south of Italy by Greek settlers. The name may be a corruption of Vitis hellenica, Latin for "Greek vine". Another etymology derives the name Aglianico from a corruption of Apulianicum, the Latin adjective which indicates the whole of southern Italy in the Roman age. In early Roman times, it was the principal grape of the famous Falernian wine which was the Roman equivalent of a First Growth wine today.

The grape was called Ellenico (the Italian word for "Greek") till the 15th century when it got its current name Aglianico. In Basilicata, Aglianico forms the basis for the region's only DOCG wine, Aglianico del Vulture, and is concentrated around the areas of Matera and Potenza.The most sought-after productions of Aglianico del Vulture come from the vineyards located in and around the extinct volcano Mount Vulture. In Campania the area in and around the village of Taurasi Aglianico's only DOCG wine is produced, also called Taurasi. More Aglianico can be found in the province of Benevento. In Campania, it is also the principal grape of Aglianico del Taburno and Falerno del Massico.


Aglianico is a thick-skinned red grape, so this is a rustic and robust wine. Big cherry, raspberry, and blackberry notes, along woith some plum, with fallen leaves or leather and a nice whiff of vanilla. Nice fruit, with decent acids and tannins, this is a medium-bodied red that packs a compact but solid punch. A very nice red!