Wine Advocate 96 points - The 2006 Acininobili is gorgeous beyond words. The wine is made of air-dried Vespaiola and shows more intensity than the Torcolato. There’s something unmistakably masculine about this wine: I’d go with handsome over beautiful as a defining descriptor. Honey, caramelized sugar, roasted spice, candied orange and toasted oats are all on display. The opulent finish ends with almond paste and butter cookie. Drink 2015-2030. (Oct 2013)
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Acininobili - or “noble berries” in Italian - is the result of painstaking hand selection of dried Vespaiola grapes affected by botrytis cinerea (a noble rot that concentrates the sugars in the berries). Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and matured in new French barriques for two years, Acininobili is also refined in bottle for 6 months to pursue the best balance between impeccable sweetness and lively acidity.
For three generations the Maculan family has been selecting and vinifying the best grapes in Breganze, an enchanting village at the foot of the Alps in Italy”s Veneto region. While the surrounding mountains protect the area from cold winds, creating a perfect microclimate for the cultivation of wine grapes, it is Fausto Maculan”s drive and commitment that sets these wines apart and distinguishes Maculan as an innovative, dynamic winery. Continually at the forefront of any dessert wine discussion, Fausto Maculan has received numerous accolades from the world”s most esteemed wine critics. It can be said that Fausto Maculan was born to make wine, having been birthed in the very building that today houses his office at the Maculan winery. At age 13, he began working at the winery during school vacations and visiting customers with the assistance of a driver (he was too young to have a license). At the age of 14, Fausto enrolled at the famed School of Enology in Conegliano, where he graduated with honors in 1970. He then completed an obligatory year of military service as an official of the valiant Alpine Corps, a division of the Italian Army known to have a long-standing affinity for wine. Finally, Fausto realized his true calling - managing the viticultural, productive, and commercial aspects of the family business, under the credo of ”a small winery making great products.” Despite a particularly difficult period for winemaking in the Veneto region during this time, Fausto made a courageous decision to invest in improving the quality of his wines, dedicating all his energy and resources to this endeavor. He studied diligently, traveled to the best winemaking areas in the world, including Bordeaux in France, and boldly experimented with his wines - at times arousing incredulity among observers. These efforts bolstered the Maculan winery image, bringing the company to its highest levels and enabling Fausto to offer his customers a complete selection of high-quality whites, impressive reds, and delicious dessert wines. Since 1985, Fausto has been the course director for the Association of Italian Sommeliers (AIS). He is also recognized as an expert taster, nominated to judge both national and international wine competitions. In 2007, Angela and Maria Vittoria, Fausto”s daughters, officially joined Maculan”s operations. Angela travels the world to represent the winery and Maria Vittoria graduated from the Oenological and Viticulture Science University of Padua to follow in her father”s winemaking footsteps.