Kamai Aglianico del Vulture

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Kamai Aglianico del Vulture


  • Designation: DOC
  • Producer: San Martino
  • Year: 2010
  • ABV: 13%
  • Grape: 100% Aglianico
  • Region: Basilicata
  • Size: 75cl

The Kamai Aglianico, is a bold and structured wine.  It  opens with dark red fruits, plum, mocha and leather aromas.  On the palate it is surprisingly fresh, with interesting tannins, soft but structured, showing the good aging potential of the aglianico grape.

It offers the succulence of morello cherry, cassis,  liquorice, layered with notes of chocolate and spices, and a good long finish.

It is a wonderful wine, good match to rich sauces, lamb and roasts, but equally good to drink on its own!

The Kamai is among the top ten most highly rated Aglianico del Vulture wines, as found on the wine searcher website.

The 2011 has received 93 points from the Wine Spectator.

To make this wine Lorenzo Piccin uses fruit from 50- to 60-year-old vines. The wine spends almost a year and a half in tonneau and barrique.  It ages three years  in bottle before release.

The profile of the Kamai is a textbook example of the Aglianico grape. It typically shows bright red and black fruit accented by savory spice, herb and balsamic notes.


The Kamai is one the wines produced by Lorenzo Piccin for the San Martino label, his own project, which he runs alongside the Grifalco winery.  It is a project born out of  his studies for  a Viticulture and Oenology degree, and one that clearly demostrates his deep understanding of this “art”and what great wines this young winemaker can produce.

So, Lorenzo makes the wines and Andrea, his brother looks after the commercial side, travelling, promoting and obviously lending a hand in the cellar whenever necessary.  They have grown up “immersed” in winemking and have been well instructed by their parents Fabrizio and Cecilia.   They have, in effect, replicated the roles their parents had in the business when they started making wine, first very succesfully in Tuscany,  then in Basilicata in 2002, when the Grifalco winery was born.

The name Grifalco reperesent the union of their winemaking history, with the Grifon, symbol of Montepulciano, the Tuscan town they left, along with the falcon, a bird of prey widely seen in the Basilicata’s skies.



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