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2019 Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Titolo Riserva

$129.99
2019 Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Titolo Riserva

We have a small detour from our normal offers, and this time around, we have one of the best examples of the vintage from Southern Italy's Vulture wine-growing region. The Vulture region is located in Basilicata between Calabria and Puglia, and the grape of choice here is Aglianico, one of Italy's best varietals. Elena Fucci fully believes that this is a world-class varietal, and with no one in the family willing to take over the vineyard from her grandfather, who was going to sell, she changed her studies to enology, graduating in 2000 and becoming the leader of this estate. She had good reason because her grandfather's 6-hectare vineyard sits on the highest part of Monte Vulture, an extinct volcano where he planted the vines in the 60s. It is an idyllic location for the cultivation of Agrianico, situated nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, with excellent ventilation and mineral-rich volcanic soils. Historically, her grandfather sold the fruit, but when Elena took the lead, she had every intention of creating her own label to make one of the best wines in Vulture. Today, after nearly 25 years of hard work, she has become one of the greatest producers in the region, and her wine, Titolo, has become the estate's crown jewel. Soured from her grandfather's old vineyard, Elena seeks to show the refined side of the grape, which has long been considered rustic, delivering a level of polish seldom seen in Aglianico production. This, combined with the sensational complexity these wines naturally have, plus her use of Amphore aging, which she says amplifies the minerality, has put her ahead of the pack as one of the best producers in Vulture and a force to be reckoned with in Southern Italy wine scene. 2019 is the ultimate example of Titolo and is a standout vintage for Elena, and we have low pricing on some of the only bottles of this rare wine in the USA.

Vinous (Eric Guido) 98.5 points! "Drop-dead gorgeous, the kaleidoscopic 2019 Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Riserva Titolo seduces with a cascade of violets and lavender, giving way to shavings of pine, incense and a core of crushed black cherries. It's deeply textural, with masses of mineral-inflected red and black fruit flowing across a stream of pure velvet. The 2019 folds in upon itself through the finale yet maintains exceptional freshness, finishing with a pleasantly bitter tinge of cocoa as notes of tobacco fade. The Titolo Riserva hails only from Elena Fucci's oldest vines, between 60 and 70 years old. It is refined in a single 500-liter barrel for 40 months. This edition marries the majesty of the Titolo vineyard and its old vines with the magic of the 2019 vintage. Fantastic."

2019 Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Titolo Riserva

2019 Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Titolo Riserva

$129.99
$129.99

We have a small detour from our normal offers, and this time around, we have one of the best examples of the vintage from Southern Italy's Vulture wine-growing region. The Vulture region is located in Basilicata between Calabria and Puglia, and the grape of choice here is Aglianico, one of Italy's best varietals. Elena Fucci fully believes that this is a world-class varietal, and with no one in the family willing to take over the vineyard from her grandfather, who was going to sell, she changed her studies to enology, graduating in 2000 and becoming the leader of this estate. She had good reason because her grandfather's 6-hectare vineyard sits on the highest part of Monte Vulture, an extinct volcano where he planted the vines in the 60s. It is an idyllic location for the cultivation of Agrianico, situated nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, with excellent ventilation and mineral-rich volcanic soils. Historically, her grandfather sold the fruit, but when Elena took the lead, she had every intention of creating her own label to make one of the best wines in Vulture. Today, after nearly 25 years of hard work, she has become one of the greatest producers in the region, and her wine, Titolo, has become the estate's crown jewel. Soured from her grandfather's old vineyard, Elena seeks to show the refined side of the grape, which has long been considered rustic, delivering a level of polish seldom seen in Aglianico production. This, combined with the sensational complexity these wines naturally have, plus her use of Amphore aging, which she says amplifies the minerality, has put her ahead of the pack as one of the best producers in Vulture and a force to be reckoned with in Southern Italy wine scene. 2019 is the ultimate example of Titolo and is a standout vintage for Elena, and we have low pricing on some of the only bottles of this rare wine in the USA.

Vinous (Eric Guido) 98.5 points! "Drop-dead gorgeous, the kaleidoscopic 2019 Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Riserva Titolo seduces with a cascade of violets and lavender, giving way to shavings of pine, incense and a core of crushed black cherries. It's deeply textural, with masses of mineral-inflected red and black fruit flowing across a stream of pure velvet. The 2019 folds in upon itself through the finale yet maintains exceptional freshness, finishing with a pleasantly bitter tinge of cocoa as notes of tobacco fade. The Titolo Riserva hails only from Elena Fucci's oldest vines, between 60 and 70 years old. It is refined in a single 500-liter barrel for 40 months. This edition marries the majesty of the Titolo vineyard and its old vines with the magic of the 2019 vintage. Fantastic."