2018 was one of the most beautiful vintages of TITOLO that we have produced. It was a vintage of optimal ripeness and balance and one that truly represents the high level of quality that can be produced from Aglianico in this area. The vintage started quite cold, with snow in the beginning of the year. These cooler temperatures are crucial for the vines so they can rest and be protected from any potential disease or pests in the vineyard. As spring came to Basilicata, we had snow again in March during pruning, giving us ample time to focus on preparing our vines for the coming bud break and flowering. The flowering season was quite mild, allowing for a great bloom and a potential yield much higher than in the past couple of vintages. In the late summer and early fall the clusters matured beautifully in the hot, dry sun, creating very concentrated ripeness but also freshness and acidity. The huge swings in temperature (30˚C during the day and down to 14˚C at night) allowed the vines to de-stress, leading to that beautiful acidity. The harvest season at the end of October was quite perfect, with all of these conditions contributing to this spectacular vintage.
2018 is a beautiful vintage. It is more ready and approachable compared to 2017 at this point. The acidity gives freshness and enhances the bright, roundness of the fruit profile. A very lively wine, it is full of fresh red fruit as cherry, black cherry. The mouthfeel is long and supple with elegant tannins and that invitation to take another sip. I usually do not use this type phrase to define my TITOLO, but in this vintage in Italian slang "Baroleggia" (have many similarities to a Barolo wine).
The 2018 vintage is yet to be reviewed. Please find the review of our previous vintage, 2017 – 92 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate – “Elena Fucci always comes out with some of my favorite wines from the Vulture volcano. Despite the heat of the vintage, the 2017 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo comes across as more closed and rigid at first. It takes a few moments to open in the glass and then becomes very generous and expressive. I can't help but recommend a few years in the cellar before you pop the cork. Black fruit is followed by inky tar, resin and asphalt. The Titolo is tightly rolled into one firmly textured and tightly knit expression that truly blossoms when it breathes.”