Tasting Note                         

92   2010  D'Angelo  Caselle Aglianico del Vulture Riserva (Basilicata)   4/7/18  ($30)

100% Aglianico    13% alc
Color: Deep brick-red garnet with some browning. (3.0) Bouquet: Dried and stewed black cherry fruit complemented by a significant amount of cedary oak and irony volcanic terroir. (3.0) Body: Light heavyweight with excellent acidity and significant tannins with just enough fruit to meet. Tannins and fruit coat the mouth with astringency. (3.0) Flavor: Parallels bouquet, but fruit is more forward meeting the tannins more convincingly. (3.5) Finish: Long and interesting, but astringency also lingers. (3.0)
Overall: A forcefully tannic Aglianico with cedary oak nuances also being prominent. When first opened the fruit was totally shut down, but after 24 hours of air in the bottle, the dried/stewed black cherry fruit did open up and sweeten to meet the tannins and oak. Also shows interestingly tangy, iron-infused volcanic earth and smoky dried herb nuances. A fine example of the appellation if you don't mind the tannins. If drinking now, it needs extended aeration in a decanter. It certainly could improve with 3-5 more years of bottle age. Probably goes best with slow roasted, stewed or smoked red meats. (15.5)

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