Grifalco, Aglianico del Vulture "Damaschito" 2015Regular price $34.00 Save $-34.00
Aglianico is famed as being the “big red grape” of southern Italy. The varietal has incredible aging potential and has a personality of its own: tannic, spicy and wild. There really is no other grape like Aglianico. Grifalco is owned by a former Tuscan wine family that decided to relocate to Basilicata and started to farm on the Volcano. I was first introduced to the wines at a wine show years ago and was incredibly impressed with the quality. After spending some time getting to know Cecilia Piccin, owner and winemaker, I knew these wines would always find a way into my personal cellar.
The “Damaschito” vineyard is something very special for Grifalco as it is a single parcel of soil that is different in color than the rest of the Volcano. The vines are over 40 years old and there is more iron and clay in that patch of earth, making the wines spicier and rounder. Truly one of my favorite Aglianicos.
Grifalco, Aglianico del Vulture "Gricos" 2019Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
After over 20 years of making wine in Tuscany, Fabrizio and Cecilia Piccin went in search of a different location with ideal conditions to begin a new winery project. They settled on Basilicata, home of the Vulture volcano and ideal conditions for planting the Aglianico variety. They founded the Grifalco winery in 2004. Upon looking at the image of the bird on the bottle, one might think it was an image of a vulture; alas, it is not. The name “Grifalco” is a tribute to the family’s past and present. It combines the griffin, the symbol of the Piccin’s original home of Montepulciano in Tuscany, and the falcon, symbol of Monte Vulture, their adopted home. They make four wines; Gricos is their entry-level, Grifalco is their flagship, and the two cru bottles—Damaschito and Daginestra.