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Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico 2011

Aglianico from Campania, Italy
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Ruby red with a violet rim. Complex and intense frangrance. Aromas of red fruit, slightly spicy with a vanilla essence. Well structured in the mouth with soft tannins and a long aftertaste.

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    Vesevo, Italy
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    Vesevo is the result of the cooperation between the Abruzzo producer Farnese Vini and some local partners; after years of winemaking experience in Irpinia, in 2000 they decided to launch on the market the wines produced under the name of Vesevo.

    “Vesevo” is the ancient name of the volcano Vesuvio, which, with its dramatic past eruptions has given life to a special soil type that today is the real wealth of the area. Vesevo owns over 60 ha and, though being one of the youngest companies of the area, it produces some of the best wines and soon became a reality of great success in the region.

    Modern technology processes and careful winemaking wisdom allow Vesevo to obtain wines that embody the best reinterpretation of thousands of years of winemaking tradition. Technical advances and the high quality of the wines, recognized internationally, are the result of the hard research work done by the winemaking team under the supervision of Alberto Antonini, a famous Tuscan enologist and our consultant.

    Quality, personality, originality of the wines are the result of the close link between traditional values and modern technology. Our passion leads us through continuous research and new technologies that make it possible to expand our knowledge, to improve the quality of our wines, always obtained respecting and expressing their terroir.

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    A winemaking renaissance is underfoot in Campania as more and more small, artisan and family-run wineries redefine their style with vineyard improvements and cellar upgrades. The region boasts a cool Mediterranean climate with extreme coastal, as well as high elevation mountain terroirs. It is cooler than one might expect in Campania; the region usually sees some of the last harvest dates in Italy.

    Just south of Mount Vesuvio, the volcanic and sandy soils create aromatic and fresh reds based on Piedirosso and whites, made from Coda di Volpe and Falanghina. Both reds and whites go by the name, Lacryma Christi, meaning the "tears of Christ." South of Mount Vesuvio, along the Amalfi Coast, the white varieties of Falanghina and Biancolella make fresh, flirty, mineral-driven whites, and the red Piedirosso and Sciasinoso vines, which cling to steeply terraced coastlines, make snappy and ripe red wines.

    Farther inland, as hills become mountains, the limestone soil of Irpinia supports the whites Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo as well as the most-respected red of the south, Aglianico. Here the best and most age-worthy examples come from Taurasi.

    Farther north and inland near the city of Benevento, the Taburno region also produces Aglianico of note—called Aglianico del Taburno—on alluvial soils. While not boasting the same heft as Taurasi, these are also reliable components of any cellar.

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    Taking its home in the mountainous southern Italian regions of Campania and Basilicata, Aglianico is a bold red variety that needs a long hang time to fully develop and is actually one of the very last of the Italian red varieties to be harvested each year. It often spends until November on the vine and pushing it any faster often leads to rough and untamable tannins.

    The name “Aglianico” bears striking resemblance to Ellenico, the Italian word for "Greek," but no evidence shows it having any ancestry in Greece. However, first documentation of its plantings appear around an ancient Greek colony located in the lush hills of present-day Avellino, Campania. It thrives there today as the exclusive variety in the strikingly delicious and age-worthy, red wine called Taurasi. While maybe not as popular as Brunello or Barolo, among Italy’s noble reds, it certainly can boast the same aging potential. Aglianico also has great success in volcanic soils such as those found in Basilicata where it makes the robust, Aglianico del Vulture. It is also found scattered throughout vineyards in Calabria, Puglia and Molise.

    Producers in Austrailia and California grow Aglianico with success too.

    The best Aglianicos are rustic and earthy, deep in color with dried fig, plum, blackberry, black pepper and dark chocolate. Full of fine-grained tannins, Aglianico has good acidity and an intense, lingering finish. Aglianico is fantastic alongside roasted or grilled meats, anything with black truffles and aged cheeses.

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