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Aglianico del Vulture DOC ‘Siir’

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Tasting Notes

‘Siir’ means ‘father’ in the old local Lucanian dialect of Basilicata. 100% Aglianico sourced from the younger vineyards, this is the entry level Aglianico from San Martino. Only part of the wine spends 12 months in oak and this does much to soften the tannins. The hot climate and rich ancient volcanic and clay soils of the area produce a rich, deeply-colored wine with firm tannins, smooth and rich texture with aromas and flavors of dark fruit and blackberries, dark chocolate, minerals and leather. Dense and layered. Enjoy with pastas with rich sauces and with hearty meat dishes, roasts, bbq and braised meat.

2011 Vintage rated 90 points from the Wine Advocate. Monica Larner writes: “This is a great bargain wine that delivers lots of bang for your buck” (Issue 218, April 2015) 

2012 vintage rated 90 points Wine & Spirits and 91 points EDITORS’ CHOICE Wine Enthusiast

2013 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Spectator

Winery

San Martino

Region

Basilicata

Varietal

100% Aglianico

Location of Vineyards

Forenza (Vulture)

Altitude

450 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

100% Certified Organic

Soil

Volcanic, gravelly clay

Type of Cultivation

Plants are kept at 50 cm from the ground with one-sided Guyot system. High density planting (6,000 to 8,000 plants per hectar) is common and has historical roots in the Vulture area.

Vinification

Harvest is carried out manually and each vineyard is harvested separately. Soft pressing and fermentation is done in stainless steel over a preriod of about 12 days. Yeasts are indigenous.

Aging

70% of the wine is aged in large Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months and the rest remains in stainless steel.

Alcohol Content

13.5%

Total Production

20,000 bottles

Oenologist

Lorenzo Piccin