2018 Pipoli AglianicoPipoli
Grape: 100% Aglianico
Zone: IGT of Basilicata
Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small cooperative in Basilicata in Acerenza in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone in 2008. Consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, now works with talented youngDennis Verdicchia, and together they managed to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle.
Tasting note: It has a yum, easy-going deliciousness, never a bad thing but nothing at first to elevate it. It’s fairly loose-knit (though tannin builds with air) and cherried with soft, succulent fruit. Where it gets interesting is the finish, which has a meaty, ashen, coal-like character. It ramps up the interest. Nothing here though is in your face. Go looking, and you’ll find something extra. But if you just want something for the tumbler, then it’s perfectly suited too. In the end, the fact that its excellent drinking and value almost goes without saying. 90 points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Growing System: Guyot
Production: Stainless Steel fermented which is then aged for 1 month in oak.
Alcohol (%) 13.5%