2016 Basilisco Crua Vulture Superiore Aglianico

Aglianico - 750ML
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VN 94 WE 94 JS 93
VN 94

Vinous, September 2022

94+ The 2016 Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Cruà takes things to a more serious level, as musky black currants, plums, flowery underbrush, wild scrub and herbs smolder up from the glass. This splashes across the palate...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

An earthy, refined nose of condensed red cherry, cranberry, violet and truffle starts off this Aglianico sourced from the Piano di Croce vineyard in Barile. There's a real sense of elegance on the palate, where lifted...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, June 2021

A fragrant, tangy red with aromas of currants, sour cherries, black truffle, orange zest, dried violets and wild herbs. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy tannins and bright acidity. Delicious, juicy finish. From...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Aglianico
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Sub-region Aglianco del Vulture
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Basilisco was founded in the 1990s, with the aim of achieving the highest quality both in the vineyards and in the wine. It was acquired 2011 by Feudi di San Gregorio, a leading winery in the South of Italy.

Basilisco’s vineyards are in the area of Barile, between 450 and 600 meters above sea level. Among them is “The Historical”, a beautiful old vineyard where vines grow on traditional “capanno” together with olive and fruit trees. The 20 hectares are completely organic and are overseen by Pierpaolo Sirch. The volcanic soil, tuff stone, and flysch enriches the full, fruity wines with unmistakable characteristics of freshness and minerality.

Basilisco vinifies and stores its wines inside caves dug beneath the village in the 15th century.

The 2016 Basilisco Crua Vulture Superiore Aglianico is a captivating red wine from the Basilicata region in Italy. This wine showcases the Aglianico varietal, which is known for producing bold and complex wines. With its deep red color and enticing aromas, this wine is sure to captivate your senses.

On the nose, the 2016 Basilisco Crua Vulture Superiore Aglianico offers a fragrant bouquet of currants, sour cherries, black truffle, orange zest, dried violets, and wild herbs. These aromas create a symphony of scents that entice and intrigue. Each sniff reveals a new layer of complexity and depth.

Upon tasting, this wine reveals its medium-to-full-bodied nature with creamy tannins and bright acidity. The palate is filled with delicious flavors of juicy currants, tangy sour cherries, and earthy black truffle. The wine's texture is velvety and smooth, creating a luxurious mouthfeel. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lasting impression.

The 2016 Basilisco Crua Vulture Superiore Aglianico is crafted from organically grown grapes, adding an extra layer of quality and care to the wine. It is a testament to the winemaker's dedication to producing exceptional wines that truly reflect the terroir of the region.

This wine has received high praise from renowned wine critics. James Suckling awarded it a score of 93, describing it as a fragrant and tangy red with a delicious, juicy finish. Wine Enthusiast also gave it a score of 94, praising its elegance and sense of place. Vinous awarded it a score of 94+, highlighting its multiple layers of flavors and its bright future.

Overall, the 2016 Basilisco Crua Vulture Superiore Aglianico is a wine that showcases the best of the Aglianico varietal and the unique terroir of Basilicata. It is a wine that will delight wine enthusiasts and captivate their palates with its complexity, depth, and elegance. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for further development.