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2010 D'Angelo Aglianico del Vulture

2010 D'Angelo Aglianico del Vulture Basilicata, Italy

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Today's Wine Comments:

A smoking red from the “Barolo of the South” also known as the mighty Aglianico grape. This award- and points-winning winery makes this strapping number from historic vineyards that creep up to the very crater of Mount Vulture. The volcano is extinct, but the wine and the appellation are red hot.

The Aglianico del Vulture appellation has recently been given a coveted DOCG designation—and the wines are beginning to get the notice they have long deserved by critics. Lovers of big Italian reds from Piedmont and Tuscany will appreciate this now fully mature monster with its herbaceous, spicy profile, heaps of rustic, brambly black and red fruit and an awesomely long and quite exotic finish. Drink this hand-made red with meats and strong cheeses. It’s a full bodied, 100% authentic Southern Italian gem that is drinking at absolute peak right now and would make a tremendous partner to your best spaghetti and meatballs recipe.

Reasons why we love it:

This traditionally made red was sourced from a combination of the winery’s estate vineyards including “Canneto,” “Caselle” and “Valle del Noce.” Native yeasts in fermentation and aging in large, neutral barrels for 20 months results in an intense and complex red with tons of regional character.

The D’Angelo estate is a centuries-old winery with vineyards situated on the slopes of Mount Vulture, a now-extinct volcano that offers some pretty spectacular scenery as well as the ideal conditions for quality wine. Exposure is perfect, and the high elevations of these plots along with the volcano’s mineral-rich terroir make for outstanding concentration and depth in the fruit grown here.

Aglianico is the undisputed King of Southern Italy, and in fact shares many of the attributes used to describe Nebbiolo, the King of Northern Italian grapes. With its amazing structure, complexity, savory profile, natural acidity and strong-as- steel tannins, Aglianico is really in a class of its own compared to all other Southern Italian reds.

A ruby-red wine, wich varies in intensity and turns to garnet colour after maturing. Dry, full-bodied, well balanced, lively tannic when it is young, reaching velvety smoothless and harmony with maturity. Full bodied, balanced with tannins evolving to full maturity.

D’Angelo is a historical family estate in the heart of the major appellation of Italy’s deep Southern region of Basilicata. Producing wine on the slopes of mount Vulture, an acidic Volcano (now extinct) since the 1930’s and concentrating on the ‘Aglianico’ varietal, Southern Italy’s king of red grapes. Displaying many parallels with Nebbiolo (structure, complexity, earthiness, aging potential, high acidity and tannins…) AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE (recently turned DOCG) is often called the “Barolo of the South”. The winery concentrates on various single-vineyard expressions of the Aglianico grape and possesses some of the oldest and most important CRU vineyards on the volcano, benefitting from impeccable exposure and high elevation, as well as mineral rich volcanic soils.
The ‘Caselle Riserva’ is D’Angelo’s reserve Aglianico Del Vulture. It is produced solely with grapes grown in the Caselle CRU vineyard, which benefits from incredibly rich volcanic soils and altitude, providing structure, power, aging potential and aromatic character to the wine. All native yeasts and aged 2 years in large Slovanian “botti”, this great expression of Aglianico is ready now but will reward for a decade to come.

Serve with oxtails, grilled beef hearts, bbq brisket and pulled pork.

Wine Ratings

90 points- Wine Spectator 

92 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

"Well-knit and balanced, with a savory side of grilled portobello, balsamic and dried herb notes meshed with flavors of blackberry coulis, black licorice drop and espresso. Light tannins emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases imported."- Wine Spectator 

The 2010 Aglianico del Vulture from D’Angelo is a classic example of this grape, showing aromatic violet notes, bright berries and a powerful minerality from the volcanic soil in this DOCG region of Basilicata.  Red plum, cassis and rose petals show on the palate, supported by a fresh acidity and hefty tannin that lasts through the lengthy finish.  Aglianico is a great food wine, perfect with anything pasta and grilled meats, and a quintessential Italian red.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Aug 2016

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