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Aglianico del Vulture Riserva `Piano del Cerro`

Potenza, Basilicata


  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2014

Vigneti del Vulture

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 works with talented young winemaker, Dennis Verdicchia, and together they managed to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle.

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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 800 metres above sea level. The area is one of Italy`s most remote and poorest.  It is isolated and undeveloped and according to consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, is like stepping back in time a few centuries.

Vintage information

In general, the growing season was favourable. Winter rains gave way to a warm, dry spring. July and August were characterised by hot days and cool nights. By the end of August, the vines were about a week ahead of average, but September rains combined with lower than average temperatures to slow down the ripening process. The cool nights in summer, allied to September’s unseasonably low temperatures, have produced wines with lovely perfumes and freshness.


Grapes are gently crushed and destemmed. The best grapes are then left to ferment in tanks made of fine french wood for about 5-6 months. The wine was then aged in French oak barriques for 15 months, before bottle ageing for a further 12 months.

Tasting Notes

Deep red in colour. Hints of blackberry and blackcurrants mix with spicy, balsamic notes on the nose. Great structure shines through in the mouth contributing to a long, persistent finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Aglianico
Region Potenza, Basilicata
Winemaker Denis Verdecchia
Consultant Winemaker Alberto Antonini
Alcohol (ABV) 14%