Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo 2016
WA94: 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.
WS90: Exuding a perfume of spice, dried tea rose and graphite notes on the nose, this mouthwatering red is tightly knit, with sleek, taut tannins layered with bright cherry and salmonberry fruit, as well as lavender and mandarin orange peel details. A subtle vein of smoky mineral intensifies on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2029. 2,500 cases made, 1,250 cases imported.