Elena Fucci makes the most beautiful Aglianico we have tasted. On holidays in Basilicata a few years ago we enjoyed a wonderful bottle of Paternoster Don Anselmo Aglianico della Vulture 2010 with a local diesh of Orecchiete con Salsa Piccante. Being unable to find the wine in the UK, our gap for a great Basilicatan wine remained for a couple of years. We were then abslutely delighted to find the wines of Elena Fucci, who's family have provided the grapes to Paternoster for Don Anselmo for many years. The winery was founded in 2000 at a time when the family was discussing whether to sell the beautiful vineyards surrounding the house. After placing the vineyard on the market Elena withdrew it and committed to taking the grapes from the 6ha of vines and making wine herself. Thus the label was born. Today her grandfather, Generoso, farms the grapes as a gardener. The vineyards, at 55-70+ years of age, are the oldest on the vlocanic ount Vulture.
The Titolo Tower is a house on the outskirts of Barile, in the North of Basilicata, immersed between vineyard and olive groves that have been tended to for 4 generations. The story of the Fucci Family, over the last few years, is one of a prestigious wine: Titolo, named after the local volcanic territory in the region. The Aglianico is de-stemmed and crushed in small batches and then fermented in stainless steel with a maximum temperature controlled to 22-24 degrees Celsius. Malolactic fermentation takes place within 100% new French oak barriques and matured for 12 months. The wine is fined in the bottle for an additional 6 months before being released to the market.
The style of wine is bright, pure and incredibly elegant for Aglianico which lacks niether colour, acidity or tannin. Dark and intense ruby red with an ample and complex nose yielding ethereal spices, cherry, blackberry preserves, rosemary, tobacco and cinnamon with light hints of vanilla. Dry on the palate and full bodied with firm tannins and alongfinish. Although a young wine when released, it is destined for a great future.
Revered by critics: “Aglianico del Vulture is potentially one of the world’s—not just Italy’s— greatest wines and no single bottling demonstrates its quality better than the Titolo” – Ian D’Agata, Vinous Media. “Elena Fucci is a beacon of hope and a symbol of the greatness that can be achieved in this forgotten land” - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate. Elena’s father Salvatore started bottling their own wine in 2000 after previously selling to Paternoster, another famous Vulture estate. They have a lot of old vines (60+ years old) with some younger vineyards planted from massal selections of their oldest vines. This unique site on the south side of the Vulture mountain has many layers of volcanic soil: lapilli, ash, lava and layers of clay which translate into complexity in the wine. Elena only makes one wine, ‘Titolo’, but in 2013 she made her first Riserva which has just been released (only 400 magnums made in total). We suggest you take Ian d’Agata’s advice: “Wine lovers owe it to themselves to hunt down Fucci’s knockout Aglianico del Vulture Titolo, as it ranks with the best that Italy has to offer”. She also produces a wonderful olive oil ‘Titolio’.