"This year, I had the great pleasure of tasting a complete vertical of Elena Fucci’s Aglianico del Vulture Titolo, from 2000 to 2012. Her inaugural vintage was 2000 and 2012 is her current release. She makes but one wine and this is it. Because all her effort goes into that single product with the same consistency and approach, year after year, Titolo is the perfect benchmark wine for Aglianico ageability. The winemaking process has remained the same: Titolo ages in new and used 225-liter French oak for 12 months and rests in bottle for an additional year before release. Only one-third of that oak is new. Her production has soared from 5,950 bottles in 2000 to 19,800 bottles in 2012. Titolo is the name of the area in the township of Barile where her six hectares of vineyards are located. Sixty- and 70-year-old vines are planted 600 meters above sea level, benefitting from excellent diurnal temperature shifts on volcanic soils. She opts for extremely low yields and usually picks the late-harvest Aglianico grape at the end of October or beginning of November for optimal tannin ripeness. I cannot exaggerate how impressed I am by her wines. Each one is a masterpiece in its own right and no wine scored below 90 points. In fact, my greatest delight came in tasting the so-called weaker vintages like 2002, 2003 and 2006 that were all inspiring in their own ways." Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner
What The Critics Say
91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner (2014 vintage)
"Elena Fucci does a great job of turning the tables on this notoriously difficult vintage. The 2014 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo offers much more substance and power than I expected. Many wines from this growing season are considerably leaner and thinner, but this wine presents a level of intensity that is more intact than most. The nose is very clean and characterized by primary fruit aromas, which makes sense given the youthfulness of this new release. Elena Fucci tells me she worked extra hard in this vintage and remains happy with the results achieved...You have to admire Elena Fucci's dedication. She makes one wine and she makes it to the best of her abilities. Even with the difficult 2014 vintage she does not break her over-90-points streak. Last year, I completed a full vertical of her single wine, Titolo. You can read my impressions in my report titled "Italy, Basilicata: V is for Vulture" in Issue 218. The big news from this corner of the Vulture is Elena's new sustainable winery that she completed at the end of last year. I had the chance to visit before it was finished and was impressed by how petite and practical the layout is. You can tell from the compact nature of the structure, which sits snug under her family home, that Elena's future vision is to stay small. Her space is perfectly calculated to her needs. The only change to her wine portfolio is the introduction of limited series magnums of the 2013 Titolo that will be released in 2018." Drink 2017 - 2026
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)
"Earthy aromas of truffle, damp soil, new leather and black-skinned fruit lead the way while the polished palate shows dried black cherry, prune, clove and ground pepper. Tightly wound, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide the backbone while notes of tobacco and orange zest linger on the finish."
Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses), Gambero Rosso magazine (2014 vintage)
Also awarded a Gold Star for recieving ten years of 'Tre Bicchieri' awards between 2002 and 2013: the first gold star ever awarded to wine of Aglianico Del Vulture.
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