Terroir: Re Manfredi’s Vineyard of the Serpents is a 15-acre hillside vineyard sitting at 1600 feet in elevation. Soils are made up entirely of well-drained volcanic matter. The vineyard is made up of two separate parcels; one containing 40-year old vines densely planted and pruned using the Guyot method. The second seven-acre parcel was planted in 2001 and contains extremely dense plantings of 5,000 vines per hectare.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, sorted and macerated on the skins for 15-20 days followed by fermentation in French Allier oak casks. The wine is aged for 12 months in 50% new and 50% 2nd-use oak and bottled without filtration. With excellent tobacco flavors and deep, dark fruit, this is a wine that will change and improve for another decade and easily run for another decade beyond that. 10,000 bottles produced.
Re Manfredi "Serpara" Aglianico del Vulture has been awarded the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso for vintages 2003, 2010.
The wine has full, complex aromas with distinctive sour cherry notes, as well as vanilla and thyme. On the palate, the wine is full and powerful, with an elegant and warm spicy bottom note, and a very persistent aftertaste.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
Saturated ruby. Deep-pitched aromas of cherry, camphor, tobacco, ink and vanilla, along with a smoky overtone. Juicy and dense on entry, then tighter in the midpalate, offering chewy, flinty dark fruit, tar and ink flavors. The vanilla note repeats on the finish, which features slightly tough, chewy tannins. Decanting two hours ahead (at least) helps soften the tannins, but this never loses a certain toughness.
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
The 2010 Aglianico del Vulture Serpara is a noble and classic interpretation of this little-known appellation in southern Italy. This wine reflects all the volcanic nuances of the Vulture volcano with a vein of mineral purity that lies at the back of dark fruit and spice. There is unexpected softness here and this wine is more ready to drink than many of its peers. At the same time, it has the stuffing for long cellar aging.
Score: 93 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
Aromas of mature plum, leather, pressed violet, dried herb and a whiff of Asian spice unfold on this full-bodied red. The warm, chewy palate offers dried black cherry, blackberry extract, vanilla, licorice and tobacco alongside firm, velvety tannins. You'll also detect the warmth of alcohol on the close.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
Tar and smoke notes lead the way in this muscular red, underscoring flavors of plumped black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, dried thyme and graphite. Rich and well-meshed, with sculpted tannins firming the spiced finish. Best from 2018 through 2026.
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