Aglianico is a lover of warmth and sun so it is naturally quite well-suited to the Mediterranean; Ripe and full-bodied, this red wine grape flourishes on the vine. With excellent aging potential, this 2008 is right in the wheelhouse!
Gudarrà, meaning “to be enjoyed”, is native to southern Italy’s Basilicata region in Lavello, also known as “Wine Town.” Housed in French oak for 12 months under the veil of Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano, this is highly touted as the “Barolo of the South”.
From the first scent of sweetness on the nose, you know this is going to be good. Light pepper gives a little kick. Full and divinely textured fruit flavors of dark cherry, currant and a bit of mocha are quite balanced with a touch of duskiness. It doesn’t linger and is velvety smooth going down. This is immensely enjoyable from start to finish. It is an excellent value at around $20 for a wine of this caliber. Enjoy!
Photo courtesy of Il Vino Aglianica del Vulture.