You have heard me go on about Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello from Italy, but Aglianico has been hitting my radar lately since trying an amazing one from Taurasi in Campania.  I picked up a couple of bottles of Aglianico from Campania at UVA Wines in Brooklyn to try.  And they were a bit different from the bottle of Taurasi that piqued my interest in the region, but both were good wines, even though they were not necessarily my style of wine.

2006 Ocone Aglianico, Campania

On the nose there are notes of fresh plums, cranberries, green peppers, and balsamic vinegar.  The color is plummy red, but medium intensity.  In the mouth there is a light acidity and a plummy feeling to the wine.  The wine is all pure fruit driven style.  It is fermented and aged in stainless steel, and sees no wood aging whatsoever.  This makes the wine quite plummy and very fruit forward.  Not my taste, but if you like fruit driven wine, check this one out.  Its organic to boot.  RECOMMENDED

2007 Cantina Giardino “Le Fole” IGT Aglianico, Campania

The color of the dark purple with crimson notes.  The nose is instantly darker than the Ocone, with very dark berry fruit, pepper, smoke, and hints of plum.  Mouth feel is a balance between fruit driven roundness, smoke, plummy dark fruit, decent acidity and moderate tannins.  Not quite as plummy and jammy as the Ocone, but still a bit too fruit driven for me.  I think that the smokiness and having a more balanced nature, however, will lend itself to being more age worthy.  Give it 3-5 years and I bet it will being singing.  Promising stuff.  RECOMMENDED