Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture 2017

Aglianico del Vulture DOC


The Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture is true to its name: the word means “synthesis,” and the wine is made from grapes grown in different sections of the Vulture region. Synthesi is an Aglianico intended for drinking young, and is an excellently priced example of what the grape is all about. 



The vineyards that ultimately lead to the creation of Synthesi are located at between 1300 to 2000 feet above sea level. The Paternoster estate encompasses 20 hectares (50 acres) of black soil of volcanic origin in different wine-growing districts in the countryside of the small town Barile. All of the vineyards lie on a natural terrace overlooking Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano, and have black soils of volcanic origin.


The grapes are typically harvested around the middle of October, and crushed, destemmed and vinified in stainless steel tanks. 80% is typically aged in large Slavonian oak barrels and 20% in French barriques.



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Aglianico del Vulture DOC





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"Amazingly balanced"

Jancis Robinson - June 17, 2021

"Impenetrable dark ruby. Concentrated dark-fruit nose with nutty overtones of oak and hints of vanilla. Lush dark fruit with enough acidity to balance it and fine long tannins. International veneer but with enough personality to counteract. From an extremely hot and dry year, this is an amazingly balanced wine at a surprisingly modest 13% alcohol." - W.S. 


"Mouthwatering offering"

James Suckling - April 2, 2020 "Faded redcurrants, mahogany and tar are the driving factors here. Medium-bodied and quite fresh, this red lacks a bit of oomph and density, yet delivers a taut, mouthwatering offering." 

"Juicy, spicy and inky"

Vinous - March 10, 2020 Bright medium red-ruby color. Perfumed nose offers red cherry, rose, violet and spicy oak. Juicy, spicy and inky, with nicely concentrated sour red cherry fruit and graphite nuances lifted by a floral element. A peppery, wild hint extends the firm finish, which shows a very restrained sweetness and a youthfully chewy texture. This struck me as much better (more graceful and riper) than the 2016 Synthesi." 

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