D'Angelo Aglianico Del Vulture DOC 2015
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, benefiting from impeccable exposure and high elevation, as well as mineral rich volcanic soils. Wine Spectator allocated D'Angelo in the top-100 wineries of the world.
The regular 'Aglianico Del Vulture' is D'Angelo's introductory wine with this important appellation. A blend of fruit coming from the winery's CRU vineyard sites, including 'Canneto', 'Caselle' and 'Valle Del Noce', this superbly expressive, earthy, typical and traditional Aglianico Del Vulture benefits from the high quality fruit grown on these old vineyards that benefit from excellent exposure and high altitude (1300 feet), being some of the closest to the Volcano's extinct crater. Indigenous yeasts and traditional large barrels for 20 months. This wine displays the typical garnet red of the Aglianico grape, great intensity and complexity on the nose with typical notes of wild fennel, prunes, garrigue (herbs), ash and middle-Eastern spices. On the palate it is crisp and elegantly tannic, with a long sandal-wood finish.