Aglianico is one of the higher-quality red wine grapes found in southern Italy, mainly in Campania and Basilicata. Often called the “Barolo of the South”. Aglianico is thought to have been planted in this region as early as the seventh century B.C. by the Greeks that settled Southern Italy. The wines from the more celebrated area of Taurasi and Aglianico del Vulture are noted for their roughness when young due to high tannins, noticeable acidity, and a dense concentration of flavors; they’re definitely built for aging. As these wines mature, they can exhibit great balance, with subtle fruit flavors and earthy, tarry, and chocolaty characteristics. This Donnaluna Aglianico benefits from the closer proximity to the Mediterranean where the milder climate creates a more accessible wine, leaving the partaker wanting to explore the wine more and more.
Notes: The name “Donnaluna” is a play on the Charlie Parker / Miles Davis bebop jazz standard “Donna Lee”.
Appellation: Cilento Aglianico (DOC)
Grape varieties: 90% Aglianico, 10% Primitivo