Daginestra Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG
Black Cherry, Elegant, Mineral, Pepper
Az. Agricola Grifalco
Expressive nose, light hint of tar and tobacco, predominantly ripe plum, violets, peppery traces, very moderate oak. Tart, juicy, rather firm, dark fruit on the palate, hint of cocoa and tobacco, light peppery spice, some cardamom, persistent, smooth, youthful tannins, salty notes in the background, some depth, very good, tart, juicy, spicy finish. Daginestra is a perfect match for grilled ribeye or lamb chops
Aging: A wine able to age in bottle for at least 20 years.
Daginestra, like Damaschito, is the results of the winery's decision of vinifying all their vineyards separately. The vines for this cru come from the plot of land named Ginestra (Da means from in Italian, hence Daginestra!) and were planted between 1950 and 1960. The plot is at around 580 meters above sea level, on volcanic soil with calcareous clay. It was clear to the Piccin family that the grapes from Ginestra were expressing very admirably the essence of the place.
Manual selection of the grapes in the field during harvest, typically in mid-October, when they are put into crates and brought to the cellar within a few hours, followed by secondary selection carried out by a linear destemming system that allows the winemaker to eliminate any residue green maintaining the best integrity of the berries in order to use only the berries that reached the perfect phenolic maturity.
The Daginestra undergoes 60 days maceration controlled low temperature fermentation in 5,500 litres Slavonian oak with indigenous yeasts. It is aged for 24 months in 50hl barrel followed by 12 months in bottle.The annual production is of 6000 bottles.
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.