Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo by Amphora 2017

Elena Fucci

Minimum purchase 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 or more & $6/bottle for 6.

Our tasting impressions

Amphora raised wines seem to emphasize transparency and purity. This Titolo has all that. For a young Aglianico, it is not overly brutal - though tannic and robustly structured for sure. Elena finds that wines raised this way need more time to devleop. But even with as little as an hour in the decanter, there is sufficient softening and opening to enjoy now. What impresses me most is how profound and precise it is at this stage. It feels like it’s communicating in ways that can’t be tasted.


About this wine

100% Aglianico from Mount Vulture in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. The Fucci vines are the oldest on this dormant volcano - most are about 60-years old, some older. The 6-hectare vineyard of Contrada Solagna of Titolo is 650 meters above sea level. The soil is volcanic lava and ash - what the locals call pozzolana - formed when the volcano slept for hundreds of years between eruptions. The high altitude produces grapes with less sugar than in other areas where Aglianico grows. The mountain gets more sun than almost anywhere in the world, so ripening in the cooler temperatures isn't a problem.


The manually harvested grapes are de-stemmed and crushed in small batches. They get a soft pressing, then into untreated 700-liter, ovate, terracotta amphorae. Fermentation is at controlled temperature and maceration on the skins for 13 days with continuous racking and pumping over. It ages 18 months in the amphorae then 6 months in bottle. Only 900 bottles were made.


About the grape

Though not widely known, Aglianico is considered one of Italy's three most prestigious grape varieties - along with Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Grown mostly in southern Italy, Aglianico is at its best from Campania and Basilicata (for the latter, the finest examples are from Mount Vulture). It thrives in a warm and dry climate.


The grapes are slow to ripen and have one of the longest growing seasons of any wine variety - sometimes harvest can extend into November. It is a highly acidic grape with firm tannins and considerable concentration.


 Elena's view of the vintage

2017 is a somewhat lighter vintage. The spring was perfect with ample rain. The summer was hot and dry (it rained just once) but without hydric stress because the pozzolana (volcanic soil) stores water deeply where the lava and ash meet the clay. The harvest of a relatively small crop began on October 25. 


Suggested Glassware: Grassl 1855

Elena Fucci

Elena Fucci started her wine tenuta in 2000, saving the 6-hectares of vineyards her grandfather purchased 40 years prior in Barile on the slope of Mount Vulture - a dormant volcano. Previously, her family sold the grapes or made wine for themselves.


Her vineyards are the oldest on the volcano and from the start she has produced a single wine from the vineyard of Contrada Solagna del Titolo, simply called Titolo. She does offer an occasional variation on Titolo (like her Amphora version).


Elena is passionate about her work and her wines. She built a new winery, connected to the original cellar by a tunnel through the volcanic rock. She is rightly proud that the facility has a zero energy footprint. In such a short time, she has risen quickly to the pantheon of Aglianico producers in Italy. VDLT is proud to offer, what is likely the most comprehensive compilation of her wines in America.