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And here is His Majesty the Aglianico del Vulture.
Do you know aglianico del vulture? Did you know that it is one of the oldest wines in italy (there are findings of a greek wine press in Rionero in Vulture dating back to the 6th century b.c.).
The name Aglianico most probably derives from "Ellenico" (=Greek) and was cultivated in a land that the Greeks themselves called Enotria (Eno=wine, tria=land, land of wine). Since it is the south of Italy, they could have called it many other things: land of wheat, land of the sea, land of beauty. But those things also existed in Greece. They called it the land of wine because the wine produced in "Enotria" was exceptional, and could not be produced in Greece, due to various pedoclimatic factors that still characterise the areas most suited to wine production.
What are they? Soils of volcanic origin (Vulture is an extinct volcano, Vesuvius where another excellent Aglianico is produced, Taurasi, is still active!), a warm but not humid climate, a wide range of temperatures during the phenological ripening of the grapes due to the relative proximity to the sea and the altitude of the vineyards, which range from 400 to 800 metres above sea level. Suffice it to say that although we are in the south of Italy, the grape harvest usually takes place at the end of October or beginning of November.
Perfect, but what about the wine? Powerful. First of all, it's a powerful wine. Powerful in its tannins, powerful in its body with a very high dry extract, powerful in its colour thanks to a significant presence of anthocyanins. Powerful also in the alcohol content (often over 14.5 degrees). It is a powerful wine which, in order to become elegant, needs long macerations (even 35-40 days) and long ageing, both in barrels (barrique and/or tonneau for 24 or 36 months) and in bottles (another 24 or 36 months). The ageing potential is practically unlimited.
Don't believe my words? Listen to what Eric Asimov of the New York Times says about Aglianico....
Have I intrigued you? You must try Colli Cerentino's Aglianico del Vulture, a tasting pack with its three most important wines, all pure Aglianico del Vulture: Masqito 2011, Masqito Gold 2012 and Cerentino 2013.