Pipoli Aglianico Rosso 2014
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Garnet red in colour. The nose has layered, highly complex aromas with hints of underbrush, violets and cocoa. The full body has a sweet red fruit character with delicate oak nuances. Fruit notes linger on the finish.
I reviewed the 2008 rendition of this wine 18 months ago, and it was a standout in the fiercely fought sub-$15 wine category. I think this is better still – combining an elegant bouquet with deep, brooding flavours. It’s pretty, with aromas of plum, liquorice, roasted nuts and wet stones that are given a lift by some bright, squashed cherry notes. Fine, powdery tannins are nicely balanced with juicy, rich stewed plum, chocolate and dried-herb flavours that carry on to a lengthy finish. Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review
Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Basilicata in Acerenza in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone in 2008. Consultant winemaker, Alberto Antonini now workd with talented young winemaker, Dennis Verdicchia, and together they managed to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle. The vineyards belonging to this estate are superb; low-trained and planted on the volcanic soils of the slopes of Mount Vulture at
altitudes of up to 800m above sea level. The area is one of Italy‘s most remote and poorest, isolated and uncontaminated and according to consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, is like stepping back in time a few centuries