2012 Elena Fucci "Titolo" Aglianico del Vulture

SKU #1204738 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Elena Fucci's latest release is the 2012 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo. The wine shines bright with primary aromas of dark fruit, herb, oak spice and dark volcanic tones of crushed granite and smoke. Given the proven track record of this wine, I'd expect this vintage to age for 15 to 20 years without a hitch. The 2012 vintage was only slightly warmer than average and those ripe fruit flavors do a lot to round out and soften the firm tannic backbone of the wine. There's a notable point of acidity that helps the wine to achieve an impressive sense of balance. Elena Fucci has another successful edition of Titolo for us to enjoy over the years to come. (ML)  (4/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Firm tannins support a palate brimming with ripe black cherry and plum sauce flavors, accented by fresh brown bread, grilled herb, espresso and graphite-tinged mineral details. Supple and mouthwatering, showing good focus through to the lingering, well-spiced finish. (AN)  (7/2015)

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2015 | Send Email
This wine shows complexity with all its layers. Rich in body and texture and structure , the wine evolves deeper and deeper in stages with every sip. Three sips tell the story. The first sip is full of white pepper and spice. The second sip shows deep, rich, ripe, black fruit and following with the third sip that glides through the palate with smooth mocha and cocoa and some tannin's, leaving the partaker wanting to explore the wine more and more.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2015 | Send Email
Aglianico has always scared me a bit, the ultra-powerful tannins, brooding nature of these wines has always made me a bit circumspect about any near term drinking. Enter Elena Fucci. Elena’s wines are from Basilicata (the instep of Italy’s boot) on soils from an extinct volcano called Vulture. It is really a back-woodsy area, yet from this lonely outpost this wine shows such an incredible grace, such a natural flow without losing any of the powerful presence of Aglianico Elena has coaxed an inner beauty forward. Beauty is not a word I’ve ever used to describe Aglianico before but the balance, confidence and presence this wine has is just incredible. The nose is subtle, not overt; it has more of an earthy presence, wisps of smoke in the countryside, earth, stone and a savory nature. Where the wine truly shines is on the palate, it doesn’t just lay there it embraces you, a warm, close hug, supple, yet not fat or loose it seems fitted. The wine gains flavor in a slow, growing way, not in waves but more of a welling up, as flavors of stone and earth seem to bubble forth, hints of smoke, Mediterranean herbs and dried plums come forward as well. Its texture is so embracing, supple; it makes you feel in the presence of something truly important but it isn’t as if this wine isn’t Aglianico. Structure, depth and real age-ability make this Aglianico del Vulture truly something to search out.
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