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Filena Ruppi’s Aglianico rivals those of her famous winemaking husband

Regular subscribers to this email are probably familiar with Vino’s range of wines by esteemed Basilicata winemaker and Aglianico specialist, Donato D’Angelo. But not many people know that Donato is not the only member of the D’Angelo household producing wines from this famous southern grape. Filena Ruppi (right), wife of Donato, also makes excellent Aglianico-based wines under the name Tenuta del Portale. Of these, the top-of-the-line Pian del Carro is undoubtedly the star.

The term pian del carro refers to the flats of a cart or wagon, and is also the name of the vineyard where the grapes are grown for Filena’s top Aglianico. She uses gentle oak aging to tame the deep tannins of the grapes, which is grown at one of the highest vineyards in the Aglianico del Vulture DOC appellation. Aggressive pruning results in extremely low yields for a wine which is sure to be long-lived. Filena estimates the wine will reach its peak in roughly fifteen years, but at Vino we’re just as happy to taste it this week!

pian-del-carro-blogYou can try Pian del Carro and other Aglianico wines at Vino this Friday, April 24, from 5:30pm!

Pian del Carro 2004 Tenuta del Portale
was $35, now $31.50

Save 20% on a closed case!

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email


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