Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Basilicata in Acerenza in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone in 2008. Consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini works with Manuel Barbone, and together they manage to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle.
The vineyards belonging to this estate are superb; low-trained and planted on the volcanic soils of the slopes of Mount Vulture at altitudes of up to 800 metres above sea level. The area is one of Italy's most remote and poorest. It is isolated and undeveloped and according to consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, is like stepping back a few centuries in time.
2015 started with a mild spring and excellent conditions for the develpment of the vines. A warm and dry summer, followed by settled weather in autumn, led to a good harvest.
Grapes were gently crushed and destemmed. The best grapes were then left to ferment in casks made of fine French wood for five to six months. The wine was then aged in French oak barriques for 24 months, where malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur.
Deep red in colour, this wine displays hints of blackberry and blackcurrants mixed with spicy, balsamic notes on the nose. It has great structure on the palate and good length on the finish.