Bisceglia Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture Gudarrà 2006
A relative newcomer to the Italian wine scene, Bisceglia is quickly gaining a reputation as a name to watch, quickly picking up two prestigious Tri Biccheri awards from the Gambero Rosso and having another of their wines labelled as Italy's best Syrah by the same organisation. The winery is located in the beautiful hill town of Lavello (birthplace of Horace, he of "Nunc est Bibendum fame") in the sparse, wild region of Basilicata. Visiting it is like stepping back in time. You can drive for hours and not see another car. The food is rustic and regional. The people are open and honest. The only modern building you'll see is Bisceglia's state of the art winery. Biscgelia's 35ha of estate vines are all farmed organically and the grapes in the immaculate vineyards are only harvested when fully ripe. The key grape is Aglianico - sometimes called the Nebbiolo of the South - for its power, longevity and elegance. Until recently the potential of this grape has been largely untapped. Poorly tended vineyards and overlong oak ageing producing muddy wines plagued with volatile acidity. Bisceglia's modern approach is changing all that. The Tri Biccheri winning Gudarra is bigger and richer than the younger Terre di Vulturo; a modern expression of Aglianico with sweet oak and delicious tannins. This is a wonderful, rich wine, great for pairing with rich food.
The Bisceglia Estate was founded in 2001 by Mario Bisceglia who left his position in the corporate food world and returned to his land to commit his efforts to producing fine sustainably produced wine. The vineyard is situated in the beautiful district of Lavello on the lower slopes of the extinct volcano, Mount Vulture.
From my online review of Bisceglia's Gudarra 2006 at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/ If you’re a fan of big reds, you’re going to love this wine. Bring a glass of Gudarrà up to your nose and you’ll sense dark plum and blackberry fruits, dried savory herbs, and earth – lots of it. Sip this jet-black wine and be prepared for the explosion: jammy dark fruits and leather, tobacco and wild fennel, lots of dark earth and a hint of violets. Fantastic. There’s a reason they call Aglianico del Vulture the “Barolo of the South.” Biceglia’s Gudarrà Aglianico del Vulture 2006 is a huge value for what you get in the glass, and you can’t go wrong pulling this one out for your next barbeque. Give it a try.
External Reviews for Bisceglia Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture Gudarrà
WA 92pts - According to Wine Advocate - The 2006 Aglianico del Vulture Gudarra is firm, tannic and impressively youthful. Dark fruit, menthol, licorice and new leather are some of the nuances that emerge from this virile, powerful Aglianico. Roasted coffee beans, licorice and grilled herbs add further layers of complexity. Everything comes together beautifully here; all this wine needs is time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.