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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 have been cultivated in southern Italy for over two thousand years, and were once a very important grape to the ancient Romans, who adored the deep garnet colored wine it produced. Today, Aglianico grapes are grown in many parts of the world, and thrive best in hot, dry climates, and especially on volcanic soils. As such, they do particularly well in certain parts of the United States, where they are regularly used as a blending wine. Aglianico is a thick skinned black grape, and as such has a high tannin content which makes it ideal for aging The aging process mellows the often harsh tannins in the grape juice, making the wine more balanced and free to reveal flavors and aromas of dark fruits, plum and chocolate. It is also a highly acidic wine, and in some parts of the world is given over to noble rot in order to make an intense and slightly viscous sweet dessert wine.

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.