Terroir: The Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture is sourced from 128 acres of estate vineyards located on the lower elevations (1200ft) of an extinct volcano. Vines average 30 years and are planted at a dense ration of 3000 vines per acre, and are raised using the guyot and cordon pruning methods.
Vinification: Grapes are manually harvested upon full ripeness beginning in mid-October. Fermentation takes place in neutral vats over a period of 15-20 days with daily pumping over of the must. Upon completion the young wines are racked and aged for 12 months in French barrique. Barrels range from 1-5 years old. 40,000 bottles produced.
Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture has been awarded the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso for vintages 1999, 2005, 2010, 2011.
This Aglianico is surprisingly approachable in its youth. A pretty, fruit driven nose is followed by a full bodied palate of dark berry fruit and minty herb leading up to a firm, tannic filled finish.
Score: 91 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
Deep ruby. Very spicy aromas of red cherry, underbrush, licorice and tobacco. Enters big, broad and juicy, delivering ripe black cherry and vanilla flavors that are nicely framed by polished tannins. Finishes long and ripe but with vibrant acidity and a strong note of licorice. Powerful and dense, but less floral than the 2012.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
Dense, and smoky, this brooding red features a core of steeped cherry, cocoa powder, tobacco, fig bread and ground spice flavors. Calls for grilled beef now, but this could use some time in the cellar.
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
Cinnamon, clove and Christmas spice open the nose of the 2011 Aglianico del Vulture Re Manfredi. The wine shows the soft heat and mature fruit of the vintage with soft lines and round contours... The 2011 vintage is especially bold and big. Its thick textural richness wraps thickly over the palate coating every part of the mouth with lavish layers of fruit and spice.
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