Aglianico Irpinia Serpico 2012 DOP Feudi di San Gregorio
- Production area: Taurasi area Grape variety: Aglianico from the historic "Dal Re" vineyard
- Vinification: Fermentation and maceration in steel tanks for about 3-4 weeks.
- Maturation: Minimum 18 months in French oak barriques and medium toasted 50 hl barrels.
- Ageing: 12 months in bottle
A vine of great tradition, Aglianico is the noblest and most important of the southern grape varieties and represents a unifying matrix of the great southern reds, ranking among the best Italian red varieties. The origin of its name is controversial. Several scholars refer the etymon of Aglianico (or Glianica) to Hellanico or Ellenico, crediting the vine's Greek, particularly Euboean, origin. Porta (1592) identified the Hellenic vines with the ancient Helvolae described by Columella and Pliny.
More recent studies, noting a Guaranico/Glianico assonance, make it the continuator of the ancient Guarano, mentioned by Pliny. Unlikely the identity, even if only lexical, between Aglianico and Aleatico as well as the derivation of the toponym Elea/Velia. More interesting is the etymological path of Andrea Bacci (1596) that goes back to the Greek aglaos (clear) and aglaia (splendour), from which Aglianico, ruby and shining wine.
Feudi di San Gregorio has been engaged for years - with technical advice from the Universities of Naples and Milan - in a project to enhance and rediscover this extraordinary vine. Through the study of the "patriarchs" - centuries-old vines of great fascination scattered throughout our territory - and the analysis of the soils and microclimates of the various areas of election" of Aglianico (Taurasi, Vulture, Taburno) Feudi di San Gregorio aims to include this vine among the world's leading varieties.
A ruby red colour and marked minerality and great persistence characterise Serpico di Feudi di San Gregorio. It is a balanced wine in the mouth, with a complex bouquet of cherry jam, sweet spices, liquorice, coffee and cocoa on the nose. Excellent with roasted red meats, noble poultry, game and mature cheeses.