Awarded Tre Bicchieri - 2020 by Gambero Rosso.
Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their February 2021 edition (Italy supplement) article on food-friendly Italian wines (see blue link below).
Elena Fucci, Aglianico del Vulture Titolo 2017 - February 2021 Decanter review
The 2015 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their November 2019 edition article, Stars of the South (Italy) (see blue link below).
Elena Fucci Aglianico Del Vulture Titolo 2015 - November 2019 Decanter review
The Fucci family has lived on their estate in Basilicata since 1960, when Elena’s grandfather bought six hectares of vineyards at the highest part Contrada Solagna of Titolo, at the foot of Mount Vulture (an extinct volcano). Her grandfather and father tended the vines and sold the harvest as bulk grapes, only vinifying a small portion for personal consumption.It wasn’t until the 2000 vintage that the full potential of the domain’s 70-year-old Aglianico vines was properly explored. The family was going through the process of selling the estate when Elena made the last-minute decision to take on the property herself, with the intention of developing the vineyard and devoting herself to the land that she grew up loving so dearly. 2000 was the first proper vintage at Elena Fucci, harvested and vinified while Elena was still completing her studies in Viticulture and Enology.She knew from the beginning that they wanted to devote themselves to producing a singular wine, reflective of their unique terroir. Simply walking through the vineyard rows at Elena Fucci is a fascinating history lesson; the terrain is volcanic, the soil is mineral, dark in color, and pozzolanic, which clearly catalogues in its layers the history and life of the Vulture volcano, visible just a few hundred meters away. The eruptive phases composed of lava flows, lapilli and ash, interspersed with periods of stasis, composed of layers of clay, are all visible in the land, which translates to a fascinating wine in the glass.
The vineyards for the Titolo are positioned at the foot of Mount Vulture (an ancient, extinct volcano), in the village of Barile, the heart of production from the Aglianico del Vulture, one of the most suitable areas with a terroir and a unique microclimate.
Aglianico is notoriously late to ripen. This is one of the latest harvests in Italy; according to the weather, it may begin at the end of October or the beginning of November. The grapes are collected only by hand using small baskets, which are promptly taken to the cellar for vinification
The grapes, collected in small baskets are taken directly to the cellar for selection and removal from the vine. The whole grapes are then put into steel tanks for the alcoholic fermentation (maceration lasts the same amount of time as fermentation). Afterward the must is drawn off and the dregs are soft pressed. Malolactic fermentation occurs in barriques of 200 litres (50% of which are new) for a total of 12 months. Additional aging takes place in bottles for 12 more months before release.
100% Aglianico (del Vulture).
Intense ruby color with strong garnet reflections. Ample and complex perfume, decidedly mineral, fruity and ethereally youthful with clear spicy hints. Aroma provokes strong sensation of cherry, currant, rosemary, tobacco and cinnamon. Has a dry, warm flavor, broad structure and persistent, aromatic and long finish. Wine of strong personality, representative of its territory and destined to have a great future.