This week’s Friday tasting focuses on two great winemaking regions
Though they may find themselves at opposite ends of the Italian peninsula, Basilicata and Piedmont offer wines of extraordinary quality and international renown. In Basilicata, Donato D’Angelo’s commitment to Aglianico del Vulture has produced some excellent wines and raised the variety’s profile in the world. Aglianico is sometimes compared to the more noble wines of Piedmont, and is certainly one of the few Southern varieties which can stand up to Barbera or the more noble Nebbiolo, a grape held in the highest regard the world over for its much-loved Barolo and Barbaresco.
This Friday, October 3, you’ll have the chance to try examples of these varieties together. Vino will be pouring the following wines from 5:30pm.
Villa dei Pini 2007 D’Angelo
Villa dei Pini is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Incrocio Manzoni, made by one of Italy’s leading winemakers, Donato D’Angelo. It marries the ancient volcanic subsoil of Southern Italy with international grape varieties for a truly unique wine. At an elevation of over 2000 feet, D’Angelo’s location on Mount Vulture is well suited for these varieties, which he brought back with him from northern Italy after completing enology school in Conegliano.
Valle del Noce 2003 D’Angelo
Donato D’Angelo’s Valle del Noce (or “Walnut Valley”) cru is vinified in traditional, large old oak botti for up to 24 months before bottling, and then is aged in bottle until Donato feels is it ready to be released. “This wine can age for upwards of 20 and 30 years,” Donato told us recently. Look for licorice and balsamic notes in this complex and structured wine, with hints of volcanic minerality imparted by the cru’s distinctive terroir.
Barbera Rulejà 2003 Montegrosso
The Rulejà vineyard is located 9 kilometres east in the tiny town of Montaldo Scarampi. These two hectares are cultivated with old grapevines originally planted 60 years ago, and the combination of calcareous soil with sandy strata and high altitude is an ideal habitat for the Barbera grapes to thrive. A winery steeped in medieval history, Montegrosso’s Rulejà is aged in oak barrels located within the cellar of the Castello di Montegrosso, built to order by the Marquis Bonifacio del Vasto, an imposing structure which now dominates the hills around Asti.
Barolo Massara 2001 Castello di Verduno
Castello di Verduno‘s Barolo Massara is sourced from one of the great “crus” or vineyards of Barolo, “Massara”. Locals call the site a sorì d’la matin, meaning an ideal site that benefits from sunlight in the morning. As a result of the eastern exposure, the grapes sourced from this historic vineyard cool off during the afternoon and can ripen properly even in overly hot summers.
Friday, October 3
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