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Cantine del Notaio Il Sigillo 2013

Cantine del Notaio Il Sigillo 2013

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"The 2013 Aglianico del Vulture Il Sigillo is a dark and penetrating wine with a very smoky, dark and brooding personality. Give the wine a few moments in the glass to allow for the enormity of its aromas to come together. The bouquet is laced with thick and penetrating black fruit, cassis, plum and prune. There is a noticeable oak element here with baking spice and Spanish cedar. The finish is a little flat. Some 25,000 bottles were released. Drink: 2019-2030. 93 points

The charming Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti and his team at Cantine del Notaio in Rionero in Vulture have produced a terrific set of new releases. With the exception of the hot vintage 2017 Rosato Il Rogito that I found less convincing, the red wines from this estate all mirror the characteristics of this dramatic volcanic territory. One new wine that I did not have the opportunity to taste but look forward to trying in the future is the non-vintage Il Lascito, which celebrates the estate's 60th birthday. The wine represents a blend of fruit from the previous 20 vintages made at this historic winery. Those two decades of winemaking are blended into a single bottle."

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (10/19)

Geographically speaking, Basilicata is way down south but not quite in the heel of Italy and Aglianico del Vulture is its only DOC zone. Aglianico is an early-budding, late-ripening variety which makes powerful red wines of intensity, concentration and finesse. It is a noble grape variety as many of you may already know from the wines of Mastroberardino and Galardi (to name two top exponents) who make their wine over the provincial border in Campania. Aglianico del Vulture is special because it is grown on volcanic soil and at a very high altitude: the norm is 1,800 feet and above. This is the main reason why this variety is late-ripening - harvests in this northern pocket of Basilicata, sandwiched between Campania and Puglia, do not as a rule start until mid-October and in some cases not until mid-November! This means that the fruit can ripen at its own pace, thus diminishing the requirement for more interventionist wine-making later. Aglianico del Vulture are deep red, powerful wines with finely grained tannins and high acidity. The best examples also offer intense notes of plum and chocolate - a delicious combination of structure and texture.