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After over 20 years of making wine in Tuscany, Fabrizio and Cecilia Piccin went in search of a new winery and settled in Basilicata, home of the Vulture volcano and some of the most distinct and age-worthy Aglianico-based wines in Italy. They established the Grifalco winery in 2004; their sons Lorenzo and Andrea are at the helm now, with Lorenzo, a trained enologist, overseeing the winemaking, and Andrea spearheading the commercial operations.*
Their 16 hectares of organically-cultivated vineyards are deeply rooted in the volcanic soil of Vulture on hillsides between 450 and 580 meters above sea level, with vines up to 80 years old. Each parcel is harvested and vinified separately, creating wines that stay true to their distinct terroir.*
The late-ripening Aglianico varietal yields wines of exceptional elegance, especially in Lorenzo's hands. Today's wine is a monvarietal sourced from vines aged 10 to 30 years old. Fermented in stainless steel and lees-aged in seasoned French and American oak for 6 to 12 months, it is medium-to-full-bodied, with aromas of raspberry and black cherry that follow through to the brambly palate. The graphite minerality interwoven through all that fruit gives away its origins.
91 points, Vinous:
"Bright ruby-red. Very perfumed, floral aromas of red berries, licorice, and minerals. Fresh raspberry flavors and earth tones show excellent verve and juiciness. Solidly structured and long, this showcases excellent acid-fruit balance. Though ready to drink now, it will last a few more years in a good cellar." (Feb 2020)
Producer Name: Grifalco
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Aglianico del Vulture
Quality Designation: DOC
Grape Varietals: Aglianico
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Winemaker: Lorenzo & Andrea Piccin
ABV: 13% ABV
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Bordeaux style bottle
Closure Style: Cork