Originally posted by Nigel Groundwater:
I find the bitterness comment interesting since my [very limited, one producer, 3 wines] experience is very much the opposite.
Alovini's 3 Aglianicos are models of quite sweet smoothness. If I was to criticise the wines it would be that they are possibly a bit too 'easy' - particularly for an Italian wine - but still very enjoyable well-made wines.
I don't know where Alovini is located or which appellation they use, but I've been noticing a shift towards that juicier, sweeter, riper style particularly in the Sannio and Beneventano zones (e.g. wineries Vini Nobilis and Vesevo, respectively).
Conversely, more structured (and presumably "Italian bitter") wines are to be found in the Taurasi and Aglianico del Vulture appellations, it seems.
This is my gross observation, and there are certainly exceptions in each case.
Among my favorite producers are Paternoster, Cantine del Notaio, Molettieri, Vigne di Mezzo, Basilisco, Le Querce, and Caputo, and they vary widely in terms of style.
I drink a lot of aglianico, I guess!