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Inycon (Italy) Aglianico 2003
A native grape of southern Italy, and like so many from this region probably of Greek origin, Aglianico thrives on the volcanic soils of Basilicata and the slopes of Mount Vulture. Inycon, a progressive wine estate on the island of Sicily, is doing great things with such traditional varieties, which offer one point of difference on the increasingly restricted wine shelves of our supermarkets. The nose on this has a lovely boldness and confidence, with a surge of straightforward, juicy black fruits, hinting at a liquorice, clove and damson-skin darkness. On the palate that spicy black fruit holds centre stage, with a nice edge of drying tannin and keen, food-friendly acidity. Unoaked and with plenty of chewy depth of fruit, this is a very nice candidate for summertime barbecues. 4.99 Somerfield.