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Carbone, Basilicata


Carbone is a relatively new producer of Aglianico del Vulture. Located in Melfi, Basilicata, close to the Vulture volcano, in an ancient cellar hewn out of the black lava rock, the Carbone family first planted Aglianico vines in the 1970s.

Up until vintage 2005 the family sold fruit to the then traditional cantina of Paternoster. From that year on Sara & her brother Luca have bottled their fruit themselves, with Sergio Paternoster as their consultant winemaker. They own 18 hectares, of which 10 are planted in the sooty, potassium rich, black volcanic soils of the Piani dell’Incoronata vineyards at 550 msl, & a further 8 on clay, more suitable to the likes of white Fiano.

Vinification takes place in stainless steel, with invecchiamento/elevage in used & new French barrique & tonneaux. Very much benchmark plus expressions of this noble, but relatively unknown grape variety, the so-called ‘Nebbiolo of the South’, the family produce an earlier drinking Aglianico del Vulture called ‘400 Some’, after the 400 mules belonging to King Carlo d’Angio of S.Italy. While their ‘Stupor Mundi’ Aglianico del Vulture celebrates the Holy Roman Emperor FredericK II (1194-1250), & stems from the Carbone’s old Piani dell’Incoronata vineyard close to Melfi, with its historic castello.

Fruit of the chocolate brown volcanic soils that surround Monte Vulture, this is full-bodied Aglianico and white Fiano grapes at its very best!

Watch the video from David Berry Green's visit to the winery in April 2013