Elena Fucci 2015 Aglianico del Vulture 'Titolo'

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Elena Fucci is one of our favourite producers of Aglianico. Her vines are grown in the volcanic soils of Monte Vulture in Basilicata. In contrast to the wines of Cantina del Notaio, she makes wines with a modern touch, ageing in small French oak barrels, but this does not detract from the authenticity of the wine. She ony makes one wine, and it is a block buster, full of rich, dark raisiny fruit with balancing acidity and powerful tannins.

Italy | Basilicata | Elena Fucci | Aglianico | 14% | Drink 2012 - 2025+


Volcanic Wines

The major factors that influence how a wine tastes are its grape variety, climate and the human factors of winemaking and viticulture, but it all begins with the soil, the dirt from which the vine is nourished. Varying soil types, their fertility, water retain capacity and mineral content all play a part in the wine's quality and style.

The world of wine is dotted with little pockets of volcanic regions, whether active or long extinct, and these soils impart their own distinctive character in the resulting wines. Generally speaking, volcanic regions are low in fertility, which is great for grapevines as this encourages the vine to produce sweeter and richer berries. The wines from these regions certainly do echo the drama of volcanoes and many wine drinkers seek out the wines for their distinctive minerality, and crisp acidity.

For further reading, we thoroughly recommend John Szabo's comprehensive book on the topic, Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power.

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