Grape Variety: 100 % Aglianico
Production Area: Our own vineyards in Lapio and Montemiletto
Wine-making techniques: Carefully selected grapes are hand-harvested and then macerated for 10-12 days. When the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are complete, the wine is aged in small French oak barrels for 18 months. After blending the maturation continues in 35 hl oak barrels for 12 months and then in bottle for a further 8-12 months.
Tasting notes: Intense ruby colour with garnet reflections, pronounced and complex bouquet with hints of cherry, fruits of the forest, spicy scents of violet and tobacco and a suggestion of minerals. Elegant, smooth, velvety and intense it displays characteristic hints of plums, black cherries, black pepper and tar. It is full bodied and austere on the palate with balanced tannins and acidity. It will continue to age and develop for more than a decade.
Food pairings: It is an excellent accompaniment for roast meat, game, spicy dishes, truffles and mature cheeses such as seasoned provolone, parmigiano or gorgonzola. Serve at 18° C.
2004: 3 stars – I vini di Veronelli 2010
2004: 5 grapes – Duemilavini 2010
2004: 5 bottles – Guida L’Espresso 2010
2003: 90 points – The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, Apr 2009
2003: 92 points, YEAR’s BEST Southern Italy Wine & Spirit, June 2009
2001: 91 points –The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, Feb 2008
2001: 5 bottles – Guida L’Espresso 2007
2001: Decanter World Wine Awards 2006 – silver
2001: 90 points, Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug., 2008
1999: * * * * * Decanter Italy 2004, a supplement to Decanter
1998: 93 points – International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 2003