Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Basilicata in Acerenza in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone in 2008. Consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini works with Manuel Barbone, and together they manage to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle.
Deep red in colour, this wine displays hints of blackberry and blackcurrants mixed with spicy, balsamic notes on the nose. It has great structure on the palate and good length on the finish.
Aglianico del Vulture DOC Piano del Cerro
The vineyards belonging to this estate are superb: low-trained and planted on the volcanic soils of the slopes of Mount Vulture at altitudes of up to 600 metres above sea level. The volcanic soils are rich in potassium, which gives the wines a good level of acidity.The Aglianico vines planted here come from a selection of clones from the oldest vineyards in the Acerenza town. The area is one of Italy’s most remote and poorest. It is isolated and undeveloped and, according to consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, is like stepping back a few centuries in time.
The grapes underwent two selections, and were then destemmed. Fermentation took place in small oak vats, with maceration on the skins lasting 25-30 days and manual pump-overs every six hours. The wine was then aged in new oak barriques for 24 months during which malolactic fermentation took place.
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