The grape Titolo Aglianico del Vulture 2017 – New Wine at Beechwood Inn
Titolo Aglianico del Vulture 2017 – At Beechwood Inn
Aglianico del Vulture is a DOCG designation for a tannic, full bodied red wine from the Basilicata region of southern Italy. As the name lays out, it is made from Aglianico grapes grown around Monte Vulture. The latter is an extinct volcano which dominates the skyline and landscape of northern Basilicata. Aglianico is considered to be the “Barolo of the South.”
The wine is typically quite dense and filled with interesting and unusual volcanic flavors and earthy aromas. The ground that it is grown in is largely basalt and volcanic dust from Mount Vulture and from nearby Mount Vesuvius. Monte Vulture, with its rich, dark, free-draining, volcanic soils, is one of the only places in southern Italy that can produce such rich, concentrated wines from Aglianico. Altitude is considered such an important factor in the Aglianico del Vulture wine style that the DOC laws stipulate a vineyard altitude range between 200m and 700m. Sites above or below these limits qualify for less prestigious appellations.
The typical Aglianico del Vulture wine is rich and powerful. It typically requires a few years of cellaring before revealing its most appealing qualities. The best structured, most balanced examples improve for more than a decade in the bottle.
When young, the wines are noted for their high tannins and acidity and dark-fruit concentration. As they mature, they take on nuances of earth, tar, spice, black cherry and dark chocolate. With time they emerge as complex and refined reds showing balance and depth.
Basic Aglianico del Vulture wines must be aged for at least a year before commercial release. Riserva wines require an extra 12 months. An increasing number spend some portion of this time in oak barrels for added complexity. Winery Bottle notes: Exposure S-SE; 14% Alcohol; Grape Vine age 50-70; Altitude 600 M. Soil: Volcanic; Bottles produced: 19,442.
Tasting Notes from the Winery:
Notes of lavender and smoke waft from the glass, with tons of rich fruit and tapenade, too. Despite its power, this is so drinkable with amazingly refined tannins, and a saline, moreish finish. Working with the tough Aglianico grape, and with this much refinement, Elena might just be the most talented winemaker we know.
Here is a recent online review:
94 Points – Lovely nose, blue/dark berries, nice oaky style that is not in your face but adds warm Christmas spices; soft palate – quite similar to montevetrano in texture, with the difference that this is 100 % Aglianico. This is felt at the end, where the tannic grip firms up and some licorice tea bitter notes add complexity without making the feel of the wine too rustic. Absolutely modern (sweet fruit/new oak/not so low in alcohol) and absolutely a style of Aglianico that I like very much – where the sometimes overly dominating tannins are tamed and the fruit retained. Drinks excellent already – the perfume is absolutely intoxicating – but a decant is useful, and lastly, this needs beef to deal with all the finely grained tannins.
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