Wine: "most important Italian indigenous varietals"


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Wine: "most important Italian indigenous varietals"

kcmarshall | | Jan 12, 2005 02:02 PM

Now I like wine and I have some basic knowledge of wine. I don't make any claims beyond that and I bow humbly before the experts around here.

That said, I read something in the NYT today that doesn't sound right to me so I'm trying to make it a teachable (learnable?) moment.

In an article about wines from Campania (see link below), the following quote appeared:

"'I consider aglianico with nebbiolo probably the most important Italian indigenous varietals,' said Riccardo Cotarella, an oenologist who has worked with some of Campania's most important winemakers."

Like I said, I'm no oenologist but shouldn't the sangiovese grape get a little love here?

So which is it:
a) sangiovese really isn't on the "most important" list
a) sangiovese is not "Italian"
b) sangiovese is not "indigenous"
c) Mr. Cotarella had been tasting all day when he gave that quote.

Thanks for any wisdom on this!