The dark red grape of Campania and Basilicata, the big and strong Aglianico, got a strong endorsement this weekend from Jancis Robinson in the Financial Times. She touted it as a late ripener in the field as well as a late bloomer in the marketplace and noted happily that it is slowly spreading in Italy and the New World vineyards of California and Australia.
Robinson credited Mastroberardino for the most popular and successful, but we have another label here that any Aglianico worshipper must have, the 2003 Terra di Lavoro from Fattoria Galardi. Big, dark, and elegant and just now coming into its own. A 94 from Parker and tres bicchieri from Gambero Rosso upon released and perfect in a year or two. Bravo Aglianico.