When is a Grechetto not a Grechetto ? So there we were, out and about, spinning our wheels, when we chanced upon an Umbrian Grechetto. Not having tasted a 100% varietal of this native Italian white, we thought let’s give it a blast. Afterall, it’s what adventurous native grape people do, right ?
Native to northern Puglia, this ancient bloom dusted, dark blue/black grape, with its relatively compact bunches of thick-skinned, round berries, has for centuries been more associated with being a ‘BLENDER’ than with ‘100%’ varietals.
In search of a true reflection of Aglianico, that enigmatic native gem from Basilicata in Italy’s deep south, we’ve just completed our first encounter with Re Manfredi 2011 DOC Aglianico del Vulture from Terre degli Svevi. What an intro!