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Tenuta Le Querce Vigne Della Corona 2003

Tenuta Le Querce - Basilicata - Italy - Aglianico Del Vulture

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2003 Aglianico Vigna della Corona is a superb example of Aglianico from the Vulture zone of Basilicata. This fresh, vibrant wine possesses a dark, brooding expression of cherries, plums, licorice, spices and sweet toasted oak. Its generous personality and sumptuous texture are sure to find many admirers. The Vigna della Corona sees an extended fermentation/ maceration lasting 38-40 days followed by two years in new French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018.
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Winery: Tenuta Le Querce

Varietal: Aglianico

Aglianico grapes are typically grown in the Campania region of southern Italy, where they have been an important grape varietal since the height of the Roman empire. The Romans adored their deep garnet coloured wines, and the Aglianico grape provided a beautiful colour along with high acid levels and a strong tannin content, which made it wildly popular both then and today. Nowadays, the finest Aglianico wines are usually aged in wood to soften their strong tannins, and this process allows the grapes to reveal their complex flavours of plum and chocolate, along with plenty of pleasing dark fruit and berry aromas. Often, Aglianico grapes are blended with Bordeaux varietals to make a wonderfully balanced wine. The varietal thrives most successfully in hot and dry regions, and has a particular affinity for volcanic soils.

Country: Italy

For several decades in the mid to late twentieth century, Italy's reputation for quality wines took a fairly serious blow. This was brought about partly due to lack of regulation in certain regions, and too much regulation in others. This led to several wineries in the beautiful and highly fertile region of Tuscany making the bold move to work outside of the law, which they saw as responsible for the drop in quality in Tuscan wines. They believed that they had the expertise and the generations of experience necessary with which to make truly excellent, world class wines, and set about doing just that. These 'Super Tuscans', as they came to be known, quickly inspired the rest of Italy to improve their produce, and now, Italian wine producers in the twenty-first century are widely recognised to be amongst the best in the world. Regulation and law began to change, and wine drinkers across the globe woke up to the outstanding wines coming out of Italy, which are continuing to improve and impress to this day.