2008 d'Angelo Aglianico del Vulture

SKU #1085072

According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The estate remains a reference point for Basilicata." (06/2011) There is no more serious red in Basilicata than Aglianico del Vulture. It ranks right up there with Barolo, Brunello and Taurasi, the last of which is also based on the Aglianico grape, the undisputed king of Italy's southern provinces and one of the oldest continually grown wine grapes of the world. Rich and deep, with dark red and black fruit, plenty of structure and wonderful tannin and acidity, this is a red to go with roasted meats. Don't let the price fool you, D'Angelo's Aglianico is no simple quaffer!

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By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2012 | Send Email
As I've mentioned on a number of occassions, I'm a huge fan of the Aglianico grape. And the more I taste them, and as much as I adore Taurasi and the Agliancos of Campania, I think my favorite expression of the grape comes from Vulture, the lone DOC (soon to be DOCG) of Basilicata. As a general rule, the wines tend to be a bit more rustic with a slighly more volcanic quality. The offering from D'Angleo is a stellar example, with deep, rich red and black fruit, earth, some balsamico notes, firm but ripe tannins and a long seemless finish. This could be enjoyed on it's own, but to me it screams for hearty, rustic fare. Their Riserva bottling was stellar but I thought this offered so much for the low price, I opted to go with this one instead. Enjoy! CM

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