2006 Giordino Aglianico "Nude"
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The Campania region is home to many important ancient Roman sites and vineyards with old, often forgotten varietals. Thankfully there are people in the area who appreciate the historical significance of their region and have worked tirelessly to save those old grapes from extinction. Cantina Giardino is one such example of a group of six friends who came together "with the specific aim of preserving old vineyards and native varietals within our home of Irpinia." Their objective is to partner with growers who have been working their vines traditionally (low intervention/no chemical use) for generations but were at risk of having to abandon them or sell their land to bigger producers who would pull the vines and re-plant to more modern varietals. So they only source fruit from older vines (50+ years) planted mainly to Aglianico, Coda di Volpe, Greco and Fiano, from five different vineyard sites for a total of 6 hectares, including a 2.5 hectare site they recently purchased. All the fruit is hand harvested and vinification takes place in a variety of vessels; oak or cherry wood barrels, stainless steel tanks, demi-muits and fiberglass and clay amphorae. We tasted three different Aglianicos and felt that this "Nude" bottling was showing the best and it just happens to be the flagship wine of the Cantina. The fruit comes from a cooler and higher elevation vineyard in Irpina whose vines are between 90-100 years old. It was fermented in chestnut acacia barriques and was aged for two years in French tonneau and for an additional two years in bottle. It is a very elegant wine, which is sometimes hard to do with Aglianico, with great structure and balance. Only 250 cases were made.
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