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Aleatico is an uncommon variety of red grape, which is grown in small concentrations, typically in Italy, and is used to make dry red, and rose wines. However, it is best known as a dessert wine using a technique known as the Passito method. This process involves prolonged, shaded air drying before the vinification process. Aleatico style wines are succulently sweet, and are described as having floral aromatics, with flavor notes typical of cherries, spice and red fruit. In Italy, Aleatico is found in numerous regions, including Lazio (Aleatico di Gradoli), Marche (Pergola) and Puglia (Aleatico di Puglia). Yet it is most known for its transplanted island home of Elba, off the coast of Tuscany. Aleatico adapts well to the hot, dry weather of Elba (as humid climates can cause fungal diseases which easily affect this species). Here it has the honor of being processed as Aleatico Passito, and prestigiously classified as DOCG. This is no mean feat for a sweet wine.
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WineStyles recommends this sweet, affordable Aleatico wine, with any chocolate or fruit cobbler. It also goes well with pecan pie, and blue cheeses.

The Aleatico grape has a mysterious past, as the origin of is species are currently unknown. Some records from the 14th century refer to a grape known as Livatica, which many believe to be the modern Aleatico. The grape species aromatics immediately show its close relative: Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains. At one time, it was thought that Aleatico was simply a mutation of Muscat. However, further scrutiny into the DNA reveals Muscat is likely a parent and not a mutation. The other parent is, at this time, unknown. Further genetic testing has also shown Aleatico to be a close relative to both the Lacrima and Sangiovese species. While it is disputed by some, Aleatico is considered a native species of Tuscany, while some researches claim it to be Greek, descending from an unidentified, ancient, grape variety. This is a sweet, succulent mystery that you can purchase from our shop.

Aleatico matures quickly, and is harvested early in the season. It is then treated to the Passito method, which concentrates the sugars, and its natural zestfulness, before vinification. Outside Elba, another method is used later in the season, where Aleatico is left on the vine longer to ripen and concentrate, however this is not commonly done.

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