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In America we have lawns – in Italy they have vineyards!

Campania is not world famous like Italian wine regions of Tuscany, Piedmont  and Veneto but there are vineyards everywhere in Italy. The province of Campania located south of Rome on the Mediterranean coast is better known for Naples, the Amalfi coast, Positano and Capri.

The primary red grape is Aglianico (ah-yah-nee-koe), a luscious black grape producing full-bodied red wine with firm tannins, high acidity and aging potential. Sometime referred to as “the Barolo of South”, Aglianico has elegance and long cellaring. Aglianico vines thrive in the volcanic soils of Mt Vesuvius around the village of Taurasi in Campania (Taurasi DOCG) and also around Mt Vultura (del Vulture DOCG) in the province of Basilicata.

I CAPITANI Irpinia Emè 2009

I CAPITANI Irpinia Emè 2009

Taurasi, Campania Italy $24. Wine Spectator 90 rating “A finely meshed, creamy red, layering the flavors of raspberry and chocolate ganache with hints of ground anise, smoky mineral details and supple tannins. Offers a lasting, juicy finish. Aglianico, Merlot and Sangiovese.”

TENUTA I GELSI Gelso Rosso 2011

TENUTA I GELSI Gelso Rosso 2011

Basilicata, Italy $12. 100% Aglianico del Vulture, a rare Aglianico that is “pop and pour” not requiring aging to smooth the grape’s strong tannins.

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