WINE OF THE MONTH
Each month we feature a wine by an exceptional producer who we feel is doing
extraordinary work in the world of viniculture.
This January we would like to introduce:
Cantine De Leonardis - “Piano del Moro”
Aglianico del Vulture Doc 2016
Contrada Cerentino - Maschito - Potenza, Basilicata Italy.
Owned by the De Leonardis brothers, Carmine e Michele, their vineyard is located in the Valle di Vulture, home to an extinct volcano, Monte Vulture. In this volcanic black soil, they grow only the Aglianico grape, from which they make their three signature wines: Masculetum, Terre di Renes, and Pian del Moro.
The Aglianico grape is believed to be brought to Italy by the Greeks, around the sixth century BC. Romans have been drinking it for centuries, and called it "Ellenico", after the Hellenic people of Greece. This grape is planted in two regions, Campania and Basilicata, within three distinctive areas all with the highest tier Italian wine classification (DOCG). These are: Taurasi, Aglianico del Taburno, Aglianico del Vulture.
Carmine and Michele are very passionate, and fully committed to their land, and the Aglianico grape. Michele, having left his homeland of Basilicata years ago to work in Milan, had a realization one day to breathe life back into his region and returned home with the vision of investing in order to revitalize what is the best expression of the Aglianico grape. Michele says, "We are not looking for money or for better status, we are sharing a love and want to inspire others to do the same, to fight for it and to keep stimulating others with positivity and optimism."
Piano del Moro is their Aglianico made from 50 year old vines and, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. It is an intense ruby red, with aromas of black cherry, bramble, volcanic ash, tar, balsamic, charred wood, with hints of white pepper. On the palate it is powerful, but harmonious at the same time. Piano del Moro has great minerality with refined tannins and pairs well with our lamb, beef, pork, and hearty winter dishes here at Cicala.