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Lethbridge Wines

2015 Aglianico

Aglianico (pronounced ‘ahl-YAH-nee-koe’) is a black grape grown in Southern Italy.

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The vine was brought to the South of Italy by the Greek invaders around the 7th century B.C.

Why would Lethbridge make Aglianico?
Together with Pinot Noir & Nebbiolo, Aglianico is a grape variety that caught my imagination from early in my life as a winemaker. I was intrigued that good examples of wines made from these three varieties, could play with the juxtaposition of power and finesse. They should all possess a firm tannic backbone; aromas that are more about earth than fruit; and most importantly, ‘something’ that is mysterious and alluring.

“The style is good. It’s sinewy but not too lean; it has flavour but it’s as much (or more) about structure and shape – effect – as it is about body. It tastes of chicory and earth, sweet-sour plums and dried, tonic-like herbs. There’s some fennel here too; some orange rind. It’s enchanting. Captivating almost. Different in a good way.” 92 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front