95 Pts Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2006 Aglianico del Vulture Il Sigillo is made from fruit that is left to slightly over-ripen on the vine, although you would never know that just by tasting what is in the glass. The Sigillo deftly balances ripeness and minerality to a degree very few other wines are capable of matching. Endowed with notable clarity and precision, the Sigillo impresses for its superb harmony and class. Super-ripe red cherries, sage, rosemary, earthiness, licorice and leather are just some of the nuances that flow from this sumptuous Aglianico. Readers who want to know why Aglianico is considered one of Italy's greatest and most noble grapes need to taste the Sigillo. It is magnificent! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026."
"This is a fabulous set of new releases from Cantina del Notaio, one of Basilicata's leading estates. From top to bottom, these may very well be the finest wines I have ever tasted here." 95 points - Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate
"Good bright red-ruby. Complex nose melds ripe red cherry, plums macerated in alcohol, licorice, tar, ink, dried herbs and sweet balsamic oak. Sweet, concentrated and nicely fresh, with flavors of red berries, licorice, mocha, smoke and balsamic vinegar. Harmonious acidity keeps this very big, ripe wine from coming off as flabby or cloying, and huge, smooth tannins provide backbone and support. Finishes long and magically mouthcoating; this wine will remind many of an Amarone." 94 points - Ian D'Agata - International Wine Cellar
"This is late harvested Aglianico (end of November). It is macerated in stainless steel for 30 days and aged in new Barriques for 12 months, followed by 3rd passage barriques for a further 12 months. 600 cases produced." -Importer
"The vineyards of the renowned Aglianico del Vulture DOC are located on the steep, black volcanic slopes of Mount Vulture in northern Basilicata, where high altitudes between 450 and 620 meters ensure a long period of ripening and provide for excellent structure and complexity. In March of 2010 Aglianico del Vulture was elevated to DOCG status making it Basilicata's only recognized DOCG."
"Upon inheriting the Cantine del Notaio estate from his father, a notary public and namesake of the winery, Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti took aim at restoring the ancient glory to the wines of the Vulture. Together with his wife Marcella and famed enologist Luigi Muoio, they rebuilt and restructured the winery to become the internationally recognized superstar they are today. These handmade Aglianico wines from the esteemed Rionero zone are fragrant and sweet in the nose, with powerful yet restrained tannins and dense blue- and blackberry fruit with licorice notes. The estate's 27 hectares are divided into 5 different vineyards, and with the exception of 1 very old-vine vineyard, each is planted with identical plants of the same age."
"Notaioâs cellars are located in a group of ten underground tuffa grottos dated to the early 1600s (above) that once belonged to Franciscan monks. The estate is at the forefront of clonal experimentation, with 40 different ancient clones currently under cultivation for study by the Lucanian Agency for Agricultural Development. Cantine del Notaio is Certified Organic and Biodynamic." -Importer