Estate: Grifalco was founded in 2004 by Tuscan winemakers Fabrizio and Cecilia Piccin, who decided that southern Italy was more ideal for a new project then their native Tuscany. They created the name Grifalco as a symbol of their past and present. It combines the abundant falcons that thrive in the Vulture region of Basilicata, the Piccin’s adopted home, and the mythological griffin of Montepulciano in Tuscany where they are from. The Piccin family currently has 18 hectares of organically farmed [certified], mineral rich vineyards located on Mount Vulture.
Winemaking: Grapes from 16 hectares of vineyards stretching across the villages of Venosa, Maschito and Forenza at 450-580 meters in elevation with volcanic soils, vines planted 1980-1995. Native yeast spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel, aged 18 months, part in a mix of French, Slavonian and American used oak barrels 300 and 5500 liters and the other in stainless steel tanks. With grapes from all the estate’s vineyards, this is their flagship wine.
Tasting Notes: Smoky wisps twirl about cherry, blackberry, grilled herbs. Fresh acidity, muscular tannins meld with black cherry, licorice, black pepper on the iron-earth mineral finish. Well structured, plush.
Aglianico del Vulture DOC
$29 [average price]
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