2017 D’Angelo Sacravite Aglianico Rosso igp Basilicata Italy

This wine is not available in substantial supply. If you’d like to try a bottle, do it now! If you think you might want more than a bottle, do it immediately! It’s a big, hearty wine you should decant for a few hours before quaffing. The only professional review I found is inaccurate, as far as I’m concerned. From Wine Enthusiast:“Lifted tones of violet and pink peppercorn meld with a dried goji berry core on the nose. The palate is tense in feel, driven by a rush of acidity but properly restrained by a framing of well-mannered tannins. Juicy, tart red fruit dominates, with lingering peppery spice and mineral notes on the finish. Drink now.” The wine has a complex flavor, with the first sips giving off wonderful citrus notes. These dissipate as the wine breathes, opening to a typical Aglianico minerality. I also found some notes about where the wine comes from and, to me, they are particularly worthwhile: “The Basilicata in my opinion is one of the lesser known and traveled-to destinations for many and this week our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is going to expose one of its greatest achievements in winemaking for the region, the grape Aglianico.

“The region of Basilicata is located in southern Italy surrounded by the regions of Puglia to the east, Campania to the north and Calabria to the south. It touches both the Gulf of Taranto as part of the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s one of the mountainous, if not the most mountainous region in southern Italy with Monte Vulture being a geological highlight of the area’s terrain. This volcanic area is actually where many of the great Aglianico wines originate from, known as Aglianico del Vulture.

“Aglianico is a grape I discovered some years back and although I don’t have a chance to sample it too often is one that has grown to become one of my favorites. It was brought to the region of the Basilicata back around the 6th and 7th century by the Greeks. The name is believed to derive from the word Hellenic or Ellenico. You’ll also find this grape produced in the region of Campania. Many call this grape and the wines it produces the “Barolo of the South,” but I say appreciate it for what it is without comparison to others and enjoy! These wines tend to have high acidity with firm to gripping tannins with plenty of depth, complexity, dark fruits and aging potential.

“The D’Angelo winery is located on about 86 self-owned acres where they produce about 300,000 bottles annually. The D’Angelo SacraVite wine is labeled as a Basilicata IGT making it more affordable around the $14-15 price point, but without skimping on quality. Sacra Vite stands for sacred vine and is what the D'Angelo winery prides itself on, which is working with the Aglianico grape for over a century.” I paid $12 a bottle for this wine. I got a case rather than a truckload. And it’s good!

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