You will probably remember that I have already written about the wines from the Grifalco winery (Gricos, Grifalco and Bosco del Vulture) and already highlighted that the top line of production (Damaschito) will have needed a section on its own.
When I first tasted this wine, I suddenly thought that its name was a smart allusion to its silky tannins…Damaschito, as it was coming from Damascus, the ancient Syrian city whose silk it’s so prestigious.
It could have been, but most simply the name of this wine actually comes from the little town of Basilicata where the vineyard is based: Maschito at the base of the Vulture extinct volcano (Da Maschito: translation from Maschito).
Vines are over 40 years old at a height of around 500m. The soil is mainly clay, characterised by high concentration of skeleton deposits. These factors can be recognised in the wine distinctive aspects: a deep complexity of flavours, a good minerality and a lively acidity.
The nose is rich, elegant and extremely charming. Wild forest berries and notes of violet. Perfectly integrated hints of oak and subtle earthy notes.
In the mouth the wine is vigorous and self-confident with developing tannins, softened by the barrel ageing, and a firm structure. Acidity and fruity flavours are strongly present and perfectly orchestrated.
The finish is long and satisfying showing notes of liquorice and cocoa.
The wine fully shows the potential of the Aglianico grape, its stunning expressity and its aptitude for a quite long ageing (I guess around 10 years for this vintage).
Its full body will certainly appreciate some good and textured meaty dish, but in few years, with more mature tannins I am sure it will be extraordinary even by itself (or with a good book!).
Last but not least: for less than £15, it is a fantastic value for money.