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ELENA FUCCI 12
ELENA FUCCI 2012 TITOLO AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE
Item: #301460
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:94
$44.95
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WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Elena Fucci's latest release is the 2012 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo. The wine shines bright with primary aromas of dark fruit, herb, Read More...
oak spice and dark volcanic tones of crushed granite and smoke. Given the proven track record of this wine, I'd expect this vintage to age for 15 to 20 years without a hitch. The 2012 vintage was only slightly warmer than average and those ripe fruit flavors do a lot to round out and soften the firm tannic backbone of the wine. There's a notable point of acidity that helps the wine to achieve an impressive sense of balance. Elena Fucci has another successful edition of Titolo for us to enjoy over the years to come."

Elena Fucci’s 2012 Aglianico Del Vulture is absolutely gorgeous. Deep ruby in color fading to a garnet rim. The nose is full and complex, with notes of roses, red berries and grilled herbs along with smoke and baking spices. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant and full-bodied with flavors of red currants, cherry, rosemary, tobacco, cinnamon and vanilla. The balance of fruit, acidity and structure is excellent culminating with a very long finish. This wine is youthful and will only get better with time.

We are always interested in exploring wines of character or those which are unique. We especially like relatively obscure and distinctive varietals, because we are that store which stocks those kind of wines. On March 16th, winemaker Elena Fucci visited us at the store and surprised us by bringing a vertical of her Titolo wines. Her family’s vineyard is small (less than 15 acres) and Elena focuses on a single wine only-Aglianico Del Vulture. Production is also quite small and only 100 cases are brought into California. We tasted the 2009 -2012 vintages of her wine, which was a treat.

We were impressed by the passion Elena has for her family and her wine. She is from the youngest of four generations of her family to farm their plot of land. Her 89 year old grandfather, Salvatore is still involved and wakes up at 5:00 AM each morning to go out in the fields and tend to the vines. The vines have an average age of 65 years, which results in low yields and high quality.

Aglianico is a unique grape found in only a few appellations in southern Italy, most notably in the appellations of Taurasi and Aglianico Del Vulture. The grapes are an intense blue color, yielding a wine which can be quite structured and capable of aging. Elena’s vineyard is located at the highest altitude in the appellation at 600 meters and the vines benefit from true dormancy in winter when they shut down as protection against the snow that blankets the vineyard.

The soil is something you can barely call soil as it consists mainly of charcoal gray volcanic rock; the remnants of eruptions from Mount Vulture. The marriage of Aglianico grapes with the volcanic soils produce a visceral minerality. A smoky undertone frames the red fruit, tobacco and incense notes characteristic of these wines, which are sometimes referred to as the “Barolo of the South.”

The wines of Elena Fucci all exhibited “typicity”, which is a word wine geeks like us use to describe the degree to which a wine reflects the characteristic flavors and structure of the grape variety from which it was produced. In other words, these wines were excellent examples of what a quality wine made from Aglianico should taste like. In particular, we came away with an appreciation for the finesse and approachability of the Elena Fucci wines. They were not walled off by tannins, although they were certainly age-worthy and showed how the progression of time makes these wines even more beautiful. The current release is the 2012 vintage, which should be fun to watch evolve over the next decade.

As Elena said,” "We only work with our own grapes, which we grow with care. This is because we want to obtain a preci
NEIGE BUBBLE APPLE SPK
NEIGE SEMI-DRY BUBBLE APPLE SPKARKLING WINE
Item: #275004
Bottle Size:750ml
$15.95

In-store purchase only.
Please call 800-331-3005 for details.


This wine is from Canada, Quebec region. Neige Bubble is a sparkling cider made from fresh hand picked apples. Produced using the traditional method, this naturally sparkling cider Read More...
is dosed with our Neige (whish means Snow) Premiere apple ice wine which makes it unique, special, refreshing and delicate!
RAVENTOS 10 BT LA FINCA
RAVENTOS I BLANC 2010 BRUT DE LA FINCA
Item: #3774008
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.95
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The 2010 Gran Reserva De la Finca Brut is a blend of Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada from the best plots within their own dry-farmed vineyards (De la Finca means ‘from the estate’), Read More...
grown on chalk-rich soils aged for 32 months in bottle. The wine is wrapped in paper with a label that is a leaflet that explains the wine and the zone. It has a nose of nuts, smoke and bread dough, quite elegant, and develops more complex aromas of brioche and honey with time in the glass. The palate has good harmony, with small bubbles, good acidity and a sharp, electric, refreshing finish, still a bit raw, but should develop well in the bottle.
TERREDORA 09 TAURASI
TERREDORA DIPAOLO 2009 TAURASI
Item: #303406
Bottle Size:750ML
$27.98
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Lots of spicy, dried fruit and black pepper character. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Traditional-style Taurasi. Better in a year or two when the Read More...
tannins soften.
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