2006 Macarico Aglianico Del Vulture Macarico
--- Rated 92 Points by Antonio Galloni
--- A full bodied red with some age on it that is drinking incredible right now.
--- Don't forget the cellar. This will continue to drink well for another 5+ years!
Antonio Galloni raved over the quality of this positively exceptional Aglianico, giving it a solid 92 point score and noting that "It is impressive, even at this early stage." Aglianico is one of the great red wine grapes of southern Italy and its roots can be traced back to Roman winemaking. It produces powerful wines with long aging potential that pair wonderfully with roasted and/or grilled meats.
This is an incredible deal. Period.
As we have noted in the past, the winemaker for this wine, Rino Botte, is committed to making world-class wines from the volcanic slopes of Mt. Vulture. With Botte's past experience in running a Michelin-starred restaurant, it's no surprise that this wine screams to be paired with food.
We know many of you are on the look-out for what we call, house wines. Wines that you can buy by the case without breaking the bank and open from time to time. Wines you can open up on a Tuesday or Thursday night. Wines that you can pop open when friends and family come over. Wines you can easily grab for a quick visit to your local BYOB. This is an example of such a wine!
"Aglianico del Vulture is called vecchio after aging in barrique for three years and riserva after at least five. It is considered among the best vines produced in Italy and also carries the name Barolo of the South due to the similarities in its production process and taste."
"According to history, this variety was brought to Italy by the Greek and it was known as Hellenica. The Romans called it Hellenic and used it to improve the quality of the Falerno, a favorite wine of the poets of this time. During the 15th century under the Aragonians it was finally referred to as Aglianico."
"The Macarico cellar was dug right into the volcanic rock. It is 40 meters long (120 feet) and resembles the cave- cellars owned by locals hundreds of years ago. The cellar maintains a modest temperature fluctuation that ranges from 13 degrees to 16 degrees C."
"The relative good number of fermenters allows for good flexibility in harvesting and wine making. In other words at Macarico Estate is able to implement 5-6 vinifications at each harvest." - Importer
This wine was also rated 88 Points by the Wine Spectator.