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Aglianico is the best known 'big red' grape in southern Italy, and there are two places where it grows particularly well -- Taurasi in Campania and Monte Vulture in Basilicata. The areas are less than two hours from each other, both are volcanic in geology, and both produce magnificent red wines, amongst the most age-worthy in Italy (or anywhere else, for that matter). Ruby red in color with an edge of purple. Earthy aromas of black cherry and black pepper on the nose. Elegant and floral on the palate with the graphite minerality characteristic of wines from Vulture.