The Vigne d'Alto bottling comes from Lonardo's vineyards in the prized unofficial subzone of Taurasi called Case d'Alto.
South facing vineyard at 400 meters in elevation.
Volcanic soil rich in carbon and nitrogen.
L’uva proviene da starseti di circa 70-100
Vinified with yeast selected from the vineyard. Maceration for 75 days on the skins.
Aged in 5HL casks for two years.
111 cases produced.
The 2007 Taurasi Riserva Vigne d’Alto shows the more rustic side of Aglianico in its dark fruit, iron, blood, smoke, asphalt, leather and game. A big, powerful wine, the Vigne d’Alto is a decidedly dark, strapping wine endowed with serious depth and concentration. The style is a bit wild and animalistic, but there is no denying the wine’s considerable personality. Intensely varietal and pungent, the Vigne d’Alto should only be purchased by readers who can handle the wine’s full-bodied, unrestrained personality. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.
Notes of smoke, baking spices and licorice mark the jammy blackberry fruit character of this red, framed by full tannins. Earth, leather and olive accents fill the long finish. Drink now through 2018.—N.W.
Given the torrid growing season of 2007, it is not surprising that the very fine Vigne d’Alto is showing far more secondary layers of development than either the ’08 or ’09 single vineyard bottlings from the Lonardos. But, the wine is excellent in its own way, offering up a deep and roasted nose of venison, garrigue, cigar wrapper, baked cherries, complex soil tones, cedar, a touch of menthol and a topnote of dried eucalyptus. On the palate the wine is deep, broad-shouldered and plush on the attack, with plenty of stuffing, chewy tannins, good acids and fine complexity and grip on the very long finish. I like the elegance of both the ’09 and ’08 vintage of single vineyards more than the more powerful profile of this 2007, but this is also a superb wine and differs more in style than overall quality. 2020-2055.
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