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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Italian red grape variety with a strong muscat aroma. dna profiling at san michele all’adige strongly supports a parent–offspring relationship with the classic muscat blanc à petits grains, hence the Muscat flavour. Aleatico certainly has the potential to produce fine, if somewhat esoteric, fragrant, usually pale red from the Italian 2010 total of a few hundred ha. Two doc s enshrine the word Aleatico in the wine lexicon of lazio and puglia, but the variety is becoming increasingly rare, although successful attempts such as Avignonesi’s to revive the wine in the Tuscan maremma are under way. Sweet red Aleatico is one of the few wines to be exported from the island of elba, and the variety is grown on the island of Corsica, although it is not authorized for any appellation contrôlée wine. Aleatico is also surprisingly popular in the central Asian republics, notably kazakhstan and uzbekistan.