Pipoli 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

  • 2016 | Wine Review Online91
  • 2015 | Wine Spectator89
  • 2015 | Ultimate Wine Challenge92
  • 2014 | Ambassador91
  • 2013 | Wine Advocate88
Grape Varieties:

100% Aglianico

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Type of yeast:

Select

Fermentation temperature:

10-18 °C (50-64 °F)

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Stainless steel (60%) and barrique (40%)

Container size:

225 L

Aging before bottling:

10 months

Aging in bottle:

3 months

Closure:

Natural cork

Vineyard location:

Venosa, Maschito, and Rapolla

Soil composition:

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

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

400-550 meters (1,312-1,804 feet) above sea level

Yield:

4-5 tons per hectare

Exposure:

Southwestern, eastern

Years planted:

1960-1965

Time of harvest:

Early October

Tasting notes:

Deep red with violet highlights, lively aromas jump from the glass: black cherry notes integrated by spice and vanilla. Good structure, ripe tannins, lengthy, balsamic finish and fresh fruit on the palate.

Serving temperature:

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

Food pairings:

Pairs well with all meat dishes and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

Up to 10 years