Il Passo Aglianico del Vulture Alberi in Piano 2013
Decanter Magazine - 95pts Platinum: Best Southern Italian Red 2017 & featured in 'The 75 Most Exciting Wines of 2017'
You are unlikely to find a nose which makes you want to dive in quite like this one, the 18 months spent in new French oak barrels give this an indulgent richness and along with warm spice, stewed bramble fruit and a savoury note of black olive. A further 6 months in bottle prior to release plus a little bit of bottle age gives the palate a silky smooth mouthfeel, along with good tannic structure and a balancing acidity. It is a full-bodied wine with plenty of fine bramble fruit and redcurrant. After a minute or so in the glass it starts to reveal further flavours of liquorice, complex spice and hints of walnut. Drinking very well but will easily age for many years. Pair with roasted meats in a rich sauce.
The story of the family-run Il Passo winery dates back to the purchase of a farm known as “Contrada Alberi in Piano” at the end of the 19th Century by Francesco Grimolizzi. The land and property near Rapolla, a small village in the province of Potenza, located in Lucania at the slopes of Vulture. The fields here have always been planted with cereals: corn, oat and barley, but in 2012 after buying back some of the original land the Grimolizzi family came into possession of a thirty-five year old vineyard, made up with Aglianico de Vulture grapes. Along with the purchase of the vineyards the family also bought a cellar which is named 'Il Passo' in honour of the first part of land you meet when entering the family lands, an olive grove.
The wine itself is made of 100% Aglianico of Vulture, a grape variety believed to have been brought to Basilicata by the ancient Greeks around the VII - VI century B.C. Under the skill of celebrated oenologist & winemaker Fabio Mecca this Aglianico D.O.C wine is making serious waves, as well as scoring 95pts Platinum: Best Southern Italian Red in Decanter Magazine's 2017 World Wine Awards it has also been featured as one of 'The 75 Most Exciting Wines of 2017'. The Alberi in Piano is the only wine Il Passo currently make, and they have certainly made a good one.