2016 Curvature Aglianico
"Aglianico is a black-skinned grape typically grown in the Southern regions of Italy such as Basilicata and Campania. Along with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, Aglianico is considered one of the three greatest Italian grape varieties. This wine often showcases high tannin, an angular yet plush fruit profile, and a supple mouthfeel followed by a long chocolaty finish. I am thrilled to include this wine in our already stellar portfolio." Matt Lane
This Aglianico comes from a vineyard in the foothills with orange-red volcanic soil. It sits 900 feet in elevation and is beautifully farmed. The high elevation allows for a longer growing season resolving the tannin in the skins. This was a small crop with small berries due to minimal irrigation. There is intense color from the beginning, lots of acidity, and structure. We closely managed the fermentation to keep it from becoming too massive.
With Cristie’s Sicilian heritage and a unified love of Italian wines, Aglianico is an exciting new adventure for us. You can find Aglianico planted in tiny quantities around California, but the microclimate must be perfect for the grape to flourish. In 2016, Helen unearthed a small patch of bush vine Aglianico tucked away in El Dorado County. After nurturing this wine in barrel for nearly five years, we're thrilled to announce that it will be released this fall. They say that all great things take time, and we expect this wine to be worth the wait!