Aleatico [ah-leh-AH-tee-koh]

Aleatico is an Italian red grape that some theorize is a variation of the muscat family because of its flowery Muscat characteristics. Its noncharacteristic deep color, however, seems to discount this theory. The wines created from this grape are rich sweet, alcoholic and well-rounded. Two docs are focused on this variety: Aleatico di Puglia in southern Italy and Aleatico di Gradoli in lazio northwest of Rome. Aleatico wines that are fortified as liquorosos can serve as less expensive port substitutes. This grape is also called Agliano, Allianico, Leatico, Moscatello, and Muscateller.

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