Credits: Cantine del Notaio – Basilicata – Italy
Wine: Il Sigillo
Alcoholic strength: 13% vol.
Classification: D.O.C. Basilicata.
Grapes: 100% Aglianico del Vulture.
Harvest: manual in boxes in the last ten days of November / first week of December when the fruit is overripe or withering due to the cold. It is a modern interpretation of a style of Aglianico produced in the past in the area and which recalls a sort of Amarone produced with only Aglianico grapes.
Vinification: maceration of about 30 days being able to extract as much as possible having a complete and abundant ripening of the tannins.
Aging: in natural volcanic tuff caves, in French oak barrels or tonneaux, for a period of at least 24 months and another 24 in the bottle.
Serving temperature: 18° C.
Color: garnet red
Observations: intense with orange hues.
Description: floral, fruity, spicy, toasty and eterea.
Remarks: the sample opens with floral notes reminiscent of a potpourri of slightly withered purple flowers, followed by hints of ripe dark berry fruits tending to jam, including mulberry and plum and cassis that fades into crème de cassis, spices sweets such as allspice and ground cinnamon enrich the bouquet, elegant roasts pamper the palate with notes of caramel and black coffee, followed by light ethereal nuances of cinchona, undergrowth and truffle finishes.
Taste – olfactory examination
Acids: moderately fresh
Length: very long
State of Evolutions: mature
Observations: elegant and enveloping bouquet, perfect balance between hard and soft parts with a tannin that massages the palate, long persistence, an excellent wine.
Rating: From 85 to 90 points
Pairing: agnolotti with pigeon with black truffle.