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2019 Aglianico

If you like big and bold Cabernet, try this. Our benchmark big red wine, with an almost Bordeaux sensibility. Red and and black fruit, big but polished tannin, and a super-long finish. Bring out the steak, the fire-charred foods, and all the braised goodness. 30 months in barrel but still remarkably fresh and full of fruit, guts and vitality.


Grown at 1450’ elevation on red, obsidian-strewn soil resulting from Mt. Konocti’s volcanic upheaval, Aglianico is Prima Materia’s most important bottling, bringing the monster Cabernet experience through this wonderful grape.


Tasting notes: Our biggest, boldest red wine, with the Sagrantino just a hair behind. Loads of dark red and black fruits with black cherry, dark plums, licorice, baking spice, graphite, cassis, and a touch of roasted herbs. Medium acidity and grippy signature tannins are definitley present, but in refined, crafted form. Good minerality. Like a mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon or old school Bordeaux loaded with black rock earthiness, but more Italianate.


92 points Wine Enthusiast + editor's choice: "Superconcentrated black-fruit flavors and a firm, grippy texture combine for a powerful expression of this Italian grape variety..."


Vineyard: Taurasi Clones VCR 2 (virused with red blotch, tight bunches, larger berries, acidity plus earth, beautifully rustic) and 7 (fruit, spice, small open clusters, more “modern”) planted in 2003 on bilateral north/south cordon utilizing “California sprawl” trellising and St. George rootstock. Though cordon pruning works, we are seeing that Aglianico is very susceptible to pruning wounds, so we are chopping arms and starting over with cane pruning. Approximately 7% Montepulciano interplanted. Nearly dry farmed. No pesticides or herbicides.


Winemaking: Hand harvested. Native fermentation in bins, gentle hand punchdowns after a cold harvest and roughly 4-5-day soak. Just a bit of whole cluster as Aglianico doesn’t seem to like very much for us. Bins fermented to different peak temperatures. 16-20 days fermenting then wood-basket pressed at dryness. No sulfur added for one year, no racking until bottling. Aglianico does not really have reduction issues, though it can completely shut down for years, leading to fretting over release dates.


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95% Aglianico with approx. 5% Montepulciano interplanted and cofermented


About 2.8 tons per acre yield


8 5-15 year 225l barrels, all quite neutral


No racking until bottling, but occasionally aerated while being left on lees by pumping to a drum then back into barrel


unfined, unfiltered


pH 3.69

TA 6.1gm/l

14.3% abv


200 cases produced

2019 Aglianico


12 bottle discount = 20%

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