Monte dei Cocci – Aglianico 2017 IGT
I found this nectar in a little enoteca in Puglia, where my home region. I found the bottle quite nice, and I bought it, even though I had not got high expectation. It is a 100% Aglianico. The vines are planted in Valle d’Itria, at 450asl. The grapes ferment in French oak vats, before aging for 4/6 months in oak cask, and other 6 months in the bottle. Salute!
In the glass the wine has beautiful ruby colour. The intensity is medium.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. At the nostrils, it is a blaze of raspberry, strawberry and wild berry. The fragrance of the black pepper and tomato leaf give a vibrant and fresh touch to the aromatic palette. The period spend in the cask donates the classical flavours of clove, cedar, and dark chocolate. It looks like the wine is still developing. There are interesting hints of forest floor, dine leather, meaty and Caribbean tobacco.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%). The wine is incredibly silky and rounded on the palate. There are notes of ripe fruits, but also a feminine perfume of violet, iris and a persistent rose.
I am surprised this is a great Aglianico that everybody would love. It is not rough at all. Honestly, given the price, I was ready for the worst, but as quite often happens for the wines of south of Italy, there are fabulous pearls at even more amazing prices. The sensation left of the palate is so pleasant…. Oh dear! The bottle is already gone!