WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Full,
Acid - High,
Tannin - Medium/High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Forest floor, Mushroom, Plums, Cherries

Italy’s enigmatic grape variety known for its bold character and complex flavors.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

  • dark black fruits, plums


  • when matured in Oak and bottle aged: earthy forest floor notes, smoke, spice (example: Taurasi DOCG)

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Aglianico retains its acidity but leans towards a lighter, more elegant style, emphasizing red fruit and floral notes.

Warm/Hot Climate: Grown in warmer regions, the grape yields richer and more concentrated wines with pronounced dark fruit and spice characteristics.

Notes on Viticulture

Old Vines: Many Aglianico vineyards boast old vines, contributing to the depth and intensity of the wine.

Volcanic Influence: In areas like Aglianico del Vulture, the volcanic soils infuse the grapes with unique mineral nuances.

Appelations / Producers of Note

Aglianico finds its home in Southern Italy.

  1. Taurasi of Campania DOCG
  2. Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata


Aglianico wines offer immediate pleasure with their fruit-forward nature.

However, the grape truly shines when given time to evolve in the bottle, often improving for decades.

First Published: Saturday, Sep 2, 2023 Last updated: Sep 4, 2023

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