Bosco del Falco Aglianico del Vulture
Complex, Elegant, Full-Bodied, Soft Tannins
Aglianico del Vulture
Az. Agricola Grifalco
Complex and elegant, combining light scents of violets and cherry with notes of tobacco leaves and coffee.
A deep ruby red wine, Bosco del Falco presents all the charm of the Aglianico grape, sometimes called the Barolo of the South.
Its considerable structure and silky tannins, along with good acidity, work together to produce a deep, well defined finish.
Food Match: Bosco del falco Aglianico del Vulture is a perfect match to cured meats, steaks and matured cheese.
- This wine is made utilising Aglianico grapes from the oldest vineyards of the Grifalco della Lucania estate. Low yield producing plants that are on average 50 years old, with fruit of greater intensity. The harvest is manual, with the grapes placed in wooden crates for a second selection in the "cantina". De-stemming and soft crushing is followed by fermentation in stainless steel vats. A separate batch is allowed to rest in French and Slavonian oak barrels.
- The wine ages in bottle for at least 12 months and it is showing great promise for aging.
- This is where it all began for us: from the wines produced by Bianca's sister Cecilia and her late husband Fabrizio. We started buying and selling their first wine, a beautiful Vino Nobile that, thanks to their skills, managed to win a tre-bicchieri award by the Gambero Rosso. As life goes, they sold their successful business and looked south, to Basilicata, a remote and still relatively little-known region of Italy. They acquired some land around the Mount Vulture, a volcano extinct for thousands of years, and within their vineyards they were lucky enough to find some old vines (some up to 50 years old). The strong root system of these old plants can extract nutrients and minerals from the depths of the multi layered volcanic soil, through rocks, fossils, sand, lava and more sand. The mineral content of the soil, alongside the hot days and cool nights typical of the harsh climate found at 450-550 meters above sea level, help these wines to retain a natural acidity and fresh aromatic fruits, producing a very elegant Aglianico. Fabrizio's skills in wine making are evident in these wines, where the tannins, typical of the grape, are tamed and softened but still present in a very beautiful Aglianico del Vulture, as distinct and laid back as their producers.
The Grifalco company was founded in 2004 by the desire of Fabrizio and Cecilia Piccin to start a new path after having produced Nobile di Montepulciano for 20 years, focusing on what is considered the most important grape variety in southern Italy; the project is currently carried out by their sons Lorenzo and Andrea.
The company has a surface of 16 hectares with age of the vineyards ranging from 10 years up to 80 years, divided into several municipalities of the Vulture, this because being able to work with different land allows you to have greater complexity in the wines that are produced.
To date, the vineyards are located in the municipalities of Maschito, Forenza, Ginestra and Venosa, where the cellar also resides.
Lorenzo, 30, studied Viticulture and Oenology in Alba and takes care of all the company’s production, from the management of the certified organic vines to everything that follows, once the grapes are brought to the cellar to turn them into wine.
Andrea, 26, takes care of the commercial, the image of the company, the relationship with the press and the support abroad of our importers.
To date, about 70 thousand bottles of only Aglianico del Vulture are produced, a precise choice that allows you to focus on just one vine and work on its nuances.
Currently, 4 labels of red and a rosé are produced.
Gricos is a basic Aglianico and is normally produced using the grapes of the youngest vines coming from Venosa, Maschito and Forenza
Grifalco is an Aglianico normally produced from vines aged 40 years old from Maschio and Forenza.
Damaschito comes from a single parcel of 2 hectares and 80 years of age located in Contrada San Martino between Maschito and Forenza, is a company cru. The soil is mainly sandy with a strong presence of minerals such as iron and manganese which characterize the color of the strongly reddish soil interspersed with layers of volcanic ash.
Daginestra comes from a single parcel of 1.4 hectares and 80 years of age located in the municipality of Ginestra, is a company cru. The soil is mainly sandy with a strong presence of volcanic ash mixed with lower percentages of limestone and clays that give the ground a gray color.
All the vineyards are harvested and fermented separately, each parcel remains separate during the first year of aging, after this period the assembly takes place which will characterize the differences between the Gricos and the Grifalco.
As for the Damaschito and Daginestra, being two crus processed in the cellar in the same way, they express their differences thanks to the terroir they come from.