Vino’s holiday sale continues today as we feature legendary Aglianico producer Donato D’Angelo. Considered by many to be the greatest producer of Aglianico del Vulture, few winemakers define a generation the way that D’Angelo has. Since 1969 the Basilicata producer has been helping shape one of southern Italy’s most treasured appellations and tirelessly beating the drum for his beloved Aglianico.
The success of D’Angelo’s wines over the last quarter-century have helped dramatically reverse the negative stereotype of Italy’s southern wine production, while elevating Donato to the upper-echelons of Italian winemaking.
was $15, now $12
While D’Angelo’s Riserva and single vineyard Aglianico del Vulture are intended for aging, the Sacravite is blended using riper fruit sourced from the estate’s vineyards. The resulting wine is very approachable young, and a fantastic (and very affordable) introduction to this great southern grape.
Serra delle Querce 2005
was $43, now $34.40
Inspired by the success Italian producers had enjoyed using international varieties, D’Angelo planted merlot in his Serra delle Querce vineyard over twenty years ago. The famous Bordeaux variety, loved for its plush silkiness and earthy, ample fruit, is blended with the native Aglianico, smoothing the latter’s austere edges and proving a worthy partner.
was $36, now $28.80
Donato D’Angelo first produced Canneto in 1985 intending to bring to market a wine that would highlight Aglianico’s best attributes — aromatic complexity, firm structure, persistence on the palate — while maintaining the moderate acidity, ripe tannins and emphasis on primary fruit aromas that international consumers prefer. With Canneto, Donato maintained the tradition of training vines a capanno, using stakes to hold individual vines, while introducing barriques to the Vulture zone.
Aglianico del Vulture Caselle Riserva 2004
was $36, now $28.80
D’Angelo’s Caselle Riserva is vinified in stainless steel and cement and aged for three years in Slavonian oak botti prior to realease. This is undoubtedly the best expression of Aglianico you’ll ever taste for under thirty bucks.
Aglianico del Vulture Valle del Noce 2003
was $54, now $43.20
D’Angelo’s Valle del Noce cru is vinified in traditional, large old oak barrels (botti) for up to 24 months before bottling, it is then is aged in bottle until Donato feels is it ready to be released. According to the winemaker, Valle del Noce is capable of aging for upwards of 20 years, but if opening now, he recommends decanting and aerating for a few hours before serving to allow the tannins to mellow. A complex and structured wine, with hints of volcanic minerality imparted by the distinctive terroir of the vineyard.
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