2005 Paternoster "Don Anselmo" Aglianico del Vulture (Elsewhere $90)

SKU #1122380 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Celebrating 20 years of winemaking tradition, Don Anselmo is a landmark wine that shows the best of the promising, but always overlooked, territory of Basilicata in southern Italy. Redolent of strong sunshine and volcanic soils, the wine is powerful and ripe with dark fruit, spice and mineral aromas. It boasts firm, drying tannins that will age gracefully with more… — M.L.  (6/ 2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A concentrated and expressive Aglianico that delivers a core of blackberry and plum skin preserves, mocha, grilled herb and smoke notes wrapped in firm tannins. Hints of mushroom and olive fill the finish. Drink now through 2017. (Web Only- 2011)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, licorice, dried flowers and coffee are currently a bit stunted by oak. Sweet and rather soft on entry, then nicely stuffed with energetic red fruit and earthy flavors in the middle. The broad finish features some slightly drying oak tannins and a repeating note of coffee.  (3/ 2011)

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