93 Points, Wine Advocate
Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri (3-Glass Award) Winner 2016
93 Points, Wine Advocate:
“ ... offers a rich and savory interpretation. The wine reveals earthy notes of freshly tilled earth and button mushroom and it also shows autumnal layers of crushed leaf and black currant. Together, these various elements come together in smooth harmony. The fruit element at the back is a good guarantee of the wine's future aging potential. The finish offers solid tannins and earthy grittiness." - Monica Larner, WA Aug. 2016
This wine has received 90+ point reviews for 15 years running (2000-2015). Furthermore, it has received the Gambero Rosso’s top honor, the “Tre Bicchieri” (3-Glass) Award for 13 consecutive years. This make Elena Fucci’s 100% Aglianico one of the most heralded wines in Southern Italy and up there with the legends of Tuscany and Piedmont in the North.
I tasted this last Spring at the annual Gambero Rosso Road Show in San Francisco and it was my favorite red at the event! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is one of my favorite wines from anywhere in Italy. It truly reveals a sense of place once it opens in the glass.
Move over Brunello and Barolo … Aglianico, the banner grape of Campania and Basilicata takes the muscle of Brunello (Sangiovese Grosso) combined with the mineral driven elegance of Barolo (Nebbiolo). The best Aglianicos are half-the-price of a top-shelf Brunello or Barolo. I thoroughly enjoy turning clients onto this unique varietal, because it just flat-out delivers and can age beautifully.
Elena Fucci has been getting a ton of praise over the 15 year for her one wine, "Titolo". A 100% Aglianico from the slopes of Vulture (an extinct volcano) which lies east of Campania in Basilicata sub-zone. While some many neighbors of Elena make a range of wines, she concentrates on making just one wine, one statement, incorporating fruit from their estate, which her grandfather has tended since the 1930s.
Lovers of anything Italian must score this gem! You'll marvel over the concentrated black and blue fruit seasoned with woody herbs, licorice and pepper spice. You can literally detect mineral components that make up the volcanic ash which the grapes grows in. So unique, so amazing in your mouth. Bravo to the Fucci Family. This is truly brilliant!
Perched above the famous Villa Rotondo, the Fucci property towers over the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture area in Basilicata. At 650 meters of altitude the soil is pure black volcanic lava, also locally known as 'pozzolana'. "Titolo" is the name of this Lava channel or "costone", which came down from the now extinct Vulture volcano. Nobody owns vineyards located higher than the Fucci's, no winery harvests later than the Fucci's, making these Aglianico grapes the last grapes harvested in all of Europe for dry red wine making!
Pair with braised lamb or veal shanks and creamy polenta.