Piano del Cerro Aglianico del Vulture DOC

Grown in the Maschito, Irsina and Acerenza areas of the Basilicata region, just a few miles southeast of the extinct Vulture volcano. Colonized by the Greeks around 7th century B.C., the area is rich in ancient folklore and myth. Mostly hilly and mountainous, it is wedged between the two seas of the Mediterranean basin and is one of the country’s least populated areas; the climate is mostly continental.

Hand-harvested grapes from select vineyards are pre-fermented and macerated at controlled temperatures. The wine ages in stainless steel and barrique. Lovely structure and ripe tannins make for a young and appealing version of a noble wine.


Wine exported to

USA

Most recent awards

  • 2018 | Luca Maroni98
  • 2015 | Wine Advocate90
  • 2013 | Wine Spectator90
  • 2013 | Ultimate Wine Challenge95
Grape Varieties:

100% Aglianico

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

10 days

Type of yeast:

Select

Fermentation temperature:

22-24 °C (71.6-75.2 °F)

Maceration technique:

Cap punching every 6 hours

Length of maceration:

25-30 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Barrique

Container size:

225 L

Container age:

New

Bottling period:

November

Aging before bottling:

24 months

Aging in bottle:

Lengthy

Closure:

Natural cork

Vineyard location:

Venosa, Maschito, and Rapolla

Soil composition:

Volcanic soil, rich in clay, calcium, nitrogen and tuff

Vine training:

Spurred Cordon

Altitude:

500-600 meters (1,640-1,969 feet) above sea level

Yield:

4 tons per hectare

Exposure:

Southern, eastern

Years planted:

1950

Time of harvest:

Early November

Tasting notes:

Intense crimson red in color, the nose shows pleasing notes of blackberry jam and blackcurrant integrated by spicy and balsamic nuances. Lovely structure and persistent, balsamic finish.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs well with all meat dishes and aged cheese.