2001 Tormaresca, Castel del Monte, Bocca di Lupo (RT 92) Those who were around when this was released will recall the hype surrounding it and the glowing score it received. Since then its market presence has faded. Comprised of 100% Aglianico grown in Castel del Monte, Apulia – a hot, dry appellation in southern Italy. I bought a six pack on release, this was the third bottle I’ve checked in on. All aspects have come together quite nicely for it, as it reveals a deep hued, almost opaque visual quality. Showing a deeply fruited, masculine profile built on a core of black and blue fruits, it differs from Campanian and Vulture grown Aglianico, which delivers a red berried-leaning core and brighter, fresher acidity. On the nose the new toasted oak has integrated nicely, and it reveals an elegant bouquet; soft, round and well balanced. Like the bouquet, the palate also shows a very different side of Aglianico, with notes of black berries, balsam and coffee. The oak has integrated nicely as it approaches age 20. I’m convinced there’s no upside for cellaring it longer, so for those sitting on some it is ready to drink. Drink now – 2024. The oldest vintage currently available stateside runs $40-50, while the most recent vintages – 2013 & 2014 – are in the $60-70+ range.