The “Opulent Aglianico” gift pack features three of our favorite producers of Aglianico, including the powerful and very traditional 2003 Valle del Noce, a single-vineyard Aglianico del Vulture (Basilicata) produced by the legendary Donato d’Angelo and sourced personally by owner Nicola Marzovilla.
Few winemakers define a generation the way that D’Angelo has. Considered by many the greatest producer of Aglianico del Vulture, he creates wines that are “clearly in a class by themselves,” as Shelly Wasserman noted in his landmark work Italy’s Noble Red Wines (1985). Although until recently the appellation has been known only to a handful of collectors and Italian wine connoisseurs, Aglianico del Vulture is one Italy’s most powerful and collectible red wines and is suitable for long-term aging. It is made from 100% Aglianico grown in the volcanic subsoil in the southern-facing foothills of Mount Vulture in Basilicata (the region that forms the insole of Italy’s boot).
On the more modern side but equally as powerful, De Conciliis’ 2003 Naima is a 100% Aglianico made from grapes grown in Cilento (in Campania). The wine under goes temperature-controlled fermentation in small French-oak barrels. The result is a gorgeously modern expression of Aglianico. The wine takes its name from the famous composition by jazz musician John Coltrane, a reflection of the family’s interest in jazz and their desire to push the envelope of winemaking tradition.
Last but not least, the 2003 Taurasi by the Fratelli Urciuolo represents one of our favorite expressions of this celebrated appellation, famous for its great aging potential. Many of Italy’s prominent wine writers have pointed to the Fratelli Urciuolo (the Urciuolo Brothers) winery as a leader in the renewal of “traditional” winemaking in Campania (the region of which Napoli is the capital). While many southern Italian vintners have chosen to emulate the “modern” style of wine by using new oak and concentration methods, the Urciuolo family vinifies and ages this Taurasi for up to 24 months in traditional large old oak barrels. The natural yeasts that occur on the oak help to make this wine a true expression of the terroir. When made in a traditional manner, Taurasi – 100% Aglianico – can age for 30 to 40 years.
The Opulent Aglianico Gift Pack is a great gift for collectors and lovers of Southern Italian wines.