Take a bite: Aglianico del Vulture DOC

Aglianico del Vulture dei Feudi di San Gregorio 2007

The first taste of Aglianico is like a volcanic eruption in rewind: a hundred blasts, shreds of mineral rock followed by a fierce lava cooling down into black smoke puffing back into the top of the mountain, overgrown with herbs, cool as graphite and purring, velvet and deep, as if nothing had happened. The consensus amongst wine lovers is that Aglianico is due for a spectacular resurge any day now. There are two major Aglianico styles in the South of Italy, Tuarasi DOCG and Aglianico del Vulture DOC (why this is not a DOCG is one of those cruel twists of Italian law^) a 100% Aglianico style grown on the side of the volcano, Mount Vulture. At the core of the wine is a complex profile of black fruit, licorice, firm tannins and good acidity with a perfume of violet, sour cherry and leather. The vineyards are high on the mountain which gives the wine an uplifting freshness. The large personality reminds me of a Barossa Shiraz or Californian Zinfandel, but instead of sinking into DEPTHS of sometime syrup, this wine becomes all about HEIGHT: the unique mineral effect lifts the fruit up so there is a space underneath as if jumping from a high diving board for a few seconds before reaching the water. Remember this is an Italian wine, so it’s all about leaving space for the food: big flavours such as salami and smoky scarmorza mozzarella.

Feudi di San Gregorio wines are made by the well-respected Italian enologist Riccardo Cotarella* who is a master of the Aglianico grape in South Italy. Aglianico del Vulture DOC is in Basilicata, an ancient, small, agricultural region of Italy and struggles with the infrastructure needed to distribute their wines well, so even though they are excellent value, they are not seen on the shelves enough for lovers of full-bodied, long-lasting, volcanic Italian reds.

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Image: Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassell

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^There are plans to change from DOC to DOCG for 2010 vintage

*See comments below

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4 Responses to Take a bite: Aglianico del Vulture DOC

  1. Novella says:

    Hi! We are happy to read your lively post, Thanks a lot!
    we’re glad to see that you appreciate Aglianico grape. We love this vine,his history and his potentiality.
    We would be happy to stay in contact with you: became fan of our Facebook page “I Vini dei Feudi di San Gregorio”…we are waiting for your opinions about our wines!
    Feudi di San Gregorio Team

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