Dark color, spicy ripe berry nose, strong flavor with low acid and soft tannins. The dark cocoa, wild mushroom and black licorice complement the oodles of concentrated blackberry, black currant and dried black fig flavors. While not so many wine drinkers know Aglianico, many do know strong red wine and like it. Such drinkers will very much like the Prima Materia Aglianico.
Notes from Prima Materia owner/winemaker Pietro Buttitta:
“Grown at 1450’ elevation on red, obsidian-strewn soil resulting from Mt. Konocti’s volcanic upheaval, Aglianico is Prima Materia’s most important bottling. Our biggest, boldest red. Black fruits with black cherry, licorice, baking spice, graphite, cassis, and a touch of roasted herbs. Medium acidity and grippy signature tannins but in refined, crafted form. Good minerality. Like a mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon, but more Italianate.
“Vineyard: Clones VCR 2 (virused, tight bunches, larger berries, acidity plus earth) and 7 (fruit, spice, small open berries) planted in 2003 on bilateral cordon utilizing “California sprawl” trellising and St. George rootstock. 7% Montepulciano interplanted. Nearly dry farmed. No pesticides. Winemaking: Hand harvested 10/26/15. Gentle manual punchdowns after a passive cold harvest slow start. Bins all fermented at different peak temperatures. 15-day fermentation then wood-basket pressed at dryness. No sulfur added for one year, no racking until bottling 30 months later. Unfined, unfiltered. 120 cases produced.”
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