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"The 2007 Aglianico del Vulture Il Sigillo is a bit different from the other wines in this lineup in that it is made from late-harvested fruit. It is a sumptuous wine that has preserved marvelous acidity and freshness, a combination that is simply dazzling. Layers of intense fruit caress the palate from start to finish in this beautifully delineated Aglianico. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027.
Cantine del Notaio is one of the leading estates in Basilicata. Consulting oenologist Luigi Moio shapes wines of extraordinary elegance and finesse." ~ AG
" Late harvested Aglianico (end of November) and macerated in stainless steel for 30 days. In new Barriques for 12 months, then 3rd passage barriques for a further 12 months. 600 cases produced.
The vineyards of the renowned Aglianico del Vulture DOC are located on the steep, black volcanic slopes of Mount Vulture in northern Basilicata, where high altitudes between 450 and 620 meters ensure a long period of ripening and provide for excellent structure and complexity. In March of 2010 Aglianico del Vulture was elevated to DOCG status making it Basilicata's only recognized DOCG.
Upon inheriting the Cantine del Notaio estate from his father, a notary public and namesake of the winery, Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti took aim at restoring the ancient glory to the wines of the Vulture. Together with his wife Marcella (below) and famed enologist Luigi Muoio, they rebuilt and restructured the winery to become the internationally recognized superstar they are today. These handmade Aglianico wines from the esteemed Rionero zone are fragrant and sweet in the nose, with powerful yet restrained tannins and dense blue- and blackberry fruit with licorice notes. The estate's 27 hectares are divided into 5 different vineyards, and with the exception of 1 very old-vine vineyard, each is planted with identical plants of the same age. Notaio’s cellars are located in a group of ten underground tuffa grottos dated to the early 1600s (above) that once belonged to Franciscan monks. The estate is at the forefront of clonal experimentation, with 40 different ancient clones currently under cultivation for study by the Lucanian Agency for Agricultural Development. Cantine del Notaio is Certified Organic and Biodynamic. " ~ Winery notes
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