"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
94/100 Parker's wine Advocate, Robert Parker
Elena Fucci's 2016 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo is a wine built for the long haul. It should continue its steady evolution over the next 20 years if not more. Stitched together with enormous precision, the wine offers balanced intensity and a beautiful level of fruit purity that speaks both to the Aglianico grape and the extreme territory that shapes it. This vintage finishes on a dry note with fine texture and elegantly integrated tannins. The wine is aged in barrique for 12 months, of which half is new oak with various levels of toast. The vines range from 50 to 70 years old and are planted up to 650 meters above sea level. Some 28,000 bottles were produced.
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