Cantina Madonna Delle Grazie, "Leuconoe" Aglianico Bianco 2016 (Basilicata, Italy) "...stone fruit, honey, spice..."
This has so many layers of complexity, from the highest-toned stinging acidity, to a back palate of nectar from the season’s first stone fruits. Honey and spice are joined by a gentle hint of the beguiling smoke aroma typical in Italian wines from volcanic soils. A sublime gem of an experiment!
Located 500 meters above sea level, this whole-cluster pressed Aglianico is fermented with natural yeasts at somewhat low temperatures (15-18 degrees Celsius). There is no malolactic fermentation or time in oak, just the purest fruit juice fermented into wine. If you like surprises, get ready to be blown away.