Musto Carmelitano

Basilicata, Italy
At a Glance
  • Very old vines – Maschitano Rosso made from 30+ year old vines, top wine made from 80+ year old vines.
  • Fermentation started with a pied de cuvee made from ambient yeast from the source vineyard.
  • Over-delivering, textbook Aglianico with elegance.
  • Certified Organic.

Elisabetta Musto Carmelitano’s family has been making wine for four generations in the DOCG of Aglianico del Vulture, although for much of that time the production had been mainly selling grapes (but also wine in demi-johns!). Elisabetta began this way as well, but in 2006 she began building the current winery and created Azienda Agricola Musto Carmelitano. She directs the winery with help from her father and brother. She gives great thanks to her father and uncle who believed in her and continue to give her great support.

They have 14 hectares of land – both vineyards and olive groves. The total production of wine, however, is a miniscule 2500 cases! The land was put together with parts from her father, her uncle, and even a small part from her great-grandmother. They have vines that are as old as 100 years: their top cru – Pian del Moro – has an average age of 90 years and their other cru, Serra del Prete, has an average age of 50 years. They have been farming organically since the beginning and have been certified organic since 2010.

Aglianico thrives on volcanic soil. The winery is in Maschito, just south of Monte Vulture, the extinct volcano that provides mineral-rich, volcanic soil for the great wines of Basilicata. For a grape that can have such power and structure, these wines have tremendous grace and finesse as well as a refreshing underlying minerality from the volcanic soils. The two cru’s are vinified in stainless with 20 day macerations, after which the Pian del Moro spends a year in used tonneaux and the Serra del Prete spends six months in stainless steel and six months in cement. The fresher, younger Maschitano rosso is vinified in stainless with a short maceration and then spends just six months in stainless steel. We also sometimes receive small quantities of their Maschitano Bianco, a dry Moscato, as well as their Maschitano Rosato, a dry rosato made from Aglianico. Both of these wines are vinified in stainless followed by six months in cement and both show a striking minerality as well as refreshing acidity.

We are thrilled to have these soulful wines in our portfolio. While relatively new as a winery, they are producing classic, traditionally-made wines that showcase the best of what Basilicata has to offer!

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