Elena Fucci's 2016 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo is a wine built for the long haul. It should continue its steady evolution over the next 20 years if not more. Stitched together with enormous precision, the wine offers balanced intensity and a beautiful level of fruit purity that speaks both to the Aglianico grape and the extreme territory that shapes it. This vintage finishes on a dry note with fine texture and elegantly integrated tannins. The wine is aged in barrique for 12 months, of which half is new oak with various levels of toast. The vines range from 50 to 70 years old and are planted up to 650 meters above sea level. Some 28,000 bottles were produced.
Smoky black fruits, crushed stone, animal musk, mint leaf, dried flowers and a hint of clove create a thrilling display as the 2016 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo opens in the glass. Its silky textures flood the palate, motivated by stimulating acidity, giving way to polished black fruits, inner herbal tones and peppery spice. The 2016 is persistent and savory with lingering minerality and remnants of fine tannin. While this is showing brilliantly now (2021), another year or two of cellaring wouldn’t hurt either
Price per 6 bottles €168,-
(€28,- per bottle)