Cantina Madonna delle Grazie 'Liscone' 2015 Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata, Italy - DECANTsf

Cantina Madonna delle Grazie 'Liscone' 2015 Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata, Italy

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Cantina Madonna delle Grazie 'Liscone' 2015 Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata, Italy

Winemaker: Giuseppe Latorraca

Farming: Certified Organic

Varieties: Aglianico 

Terroir: Black volcanic soil with clay

Vinification: Natural fermentation and maceration took place in small tank with delicate pumping over to break the cap. After malolactic fermentation the wine was put into a combination of used french tonneaux for about 8-12 months.

Aging: Aging takes place initially in stainless steel for 18 months, then it is racked into old, neutral 500-liter French oak barrels for one year and then back to stainless for 3-6 months before bottling. The wine is lightly filtered but not fined.

ABV: 14.0%

Tasting Notes: Notes of dried strawberry and smoked black cherries, finishing with an intense kick of tannins, reminiscent of sandalwood and bay laurel. Charmingly juicy, with bright red fruits and a hint of herbaceousness that make the wine an ideal pairing for all kinds of meals, whether it be New York strip steak, spicy Schezuan lamb, or a Thanksgiving feast. 

 From our November 2021 Explorer Club Notes:

Madonna della Grazie | Liscone | Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata, Italy  | 2015

    Giuseppe Latorraca of Cantina Madonna delle Grazie is the type of passionate, dedicated winemaker and proprietor we want on our shelves at DECANTsf. Giuseppe's ancestors have been cultivating Aglianico vines in the village of Venosa in the southern wine region of Basilicata since the early 1900s. Venosa is the epicenter of Vulture wine production, an appellation known for its success with the indigenous Aglianico grape.

    The Latorraca clan had always sold their grapes to local cooperatives, but in 2003, Giuseppe recognized the value of his family's old vines, which were planted in the shadow of Mt. Vulture, the extinct volcano that defines the soils and landscape of Madonna delle Grazie. He abruptly altered the course of the family's legacy by deciding to build a new winery near the 16th century Madonna delle Grazie monastery on the hills surrounding Venosa (hence the winery's name).

    Giuseppe farms their historic 8.5 hectare vineyard organically with his wife and sons in order to preserve the land for future Latorraca generations. Aglianico is an infamously tannic grape, often made into wines that need decades to come around, but Giuseppe has a deft touch with it (since it's all he's ever really known). The 'Liscone' bottling is their second-tier Aglianico production, but not for a lack of quality; it is crafted to be more approachable in youth, aged for less time than their top-tier bottling. The wine is naturally fermented and aged for 33-36 months before bottling (much longer than the 12 months required by DOC laws). 

    Giuseppe's patience pays off handsomely; the 'Liscone"s softness and floral elements are evident from the first sip. The wine hums with dried strawberry and smoked black cherry notes, but finishes with an intense tannin kick.  The wine's finish is delightfully juicy, with bright red fruits and a hint of herbaceousness reminiscent of sandalwood and bay laurel, making it an excellent match for a variety of dishes, including New York strip steak, spicy Schezuan lamb, and a Thanksgiving feast. It's both elegant and delicious, and it's a steal for the price. You can bet I'll be bringing home a few of these bottles for the holidays! — Simi Grewal


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