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Basilisco Aglianico del Vulture Superiore 2013

  • JS93
  • V93
750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Structured and powerful wine, ruby-red colored with deep-purple nuances. It has a complex balsamic aroma with scent of soft fruits, plums, blackberries and cherries. Elegant and with a long textural finish.

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JS 93
James Suckling

This is a very successful aglianico from Basilicata replete with dark but fresh berries; the aromas of blackberries, elderberries, tar and dried violets are all pretty and enticing. The full-bodied palate is very kempt with tidy rows of meaty tannins and impressive acidity drive.

V 93

Notes of camphor and crushed stone give way to bright cherries, blackberries, incense and hints of green curry as the 2013 Aglianico del Vulture Superiore unfolds in the glass. This is silky-smooth and pliant upon entry, with a polished display of black fruits and mentholated herbs, but beneath it all, a mix of saline minerals and fine tannin slowly drenches the palate, creating youthful poise. While still quite structured, the 2013 remains giving and pleasurable today, yet with many more years of development in store for patient collectors. The quality of the vintage and Basilisco’s style of varietal purity truly shine through here. Best After 2023.

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Basilisco, Italy
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Basilisco, as it is known today, was founded in 1992, and was acquired in 2010 by Feudi di San Gregorio. Basilisco’s wines are grown biodynamically on 20 hectares. The vineyards are located in Barile, which sits 450-600 meters above sea level, facing southeast. Vinification and storage occurs inside 8 caves that were created in the 15th Century by Albanian refugees who were fleeing the Turks. The caves face north and have a temperature of 16-18 °C, making them ideal for storing and preserving wine and olive oil. Basilisco wines are born on Vulture’s volcanic slopes where old vineyards alternate fruit and olive groves creating a landscape of extraordinary beauty. As in the past, Basilisco’s wines are vinified and set to rest inside the caverns within the volcano.
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Inhabiting the arch of Italy’s boot, this southern, mountainous region has a relatively small amount of vineyard area under vine. Basilicata has one DOCG for its prized red grape, Aglianico, Aglianico del Vulture Superior, which is limited to the slopes of an extinct volcano. The best whites are made of Malvasia bianca.

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Making its home in the mountainous southern Italy, Aglianico is a bold red variety that is late to ripen and often spends until November on the vine. It thrives in Campania as the exclusive variety in the age-worthy red wine called Taurasi. Aglianico also has great success in the volcanic soils of Basilicata where it makes the robust, Aglianico del Vulture. Somm Secret—The name “Aglianico” bears striking resemblance to Ellenico, the Italian word for "Greek," but no evidence shows it has Greek ancestry. However, it first appeared in Italy around an ancient Greek colony located in present-day Avellino, Campania.

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