Rosso del Vulcano 2009 Aglianico del Vulture

Aglianico del Vulture DOC, Basilicata, southern Italy
I forgot to record the ABV before recycling the bottle
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store around 30 Aug

RossoDelVulcano_2009_AglianicoAfter the previous Aglianicos I’ve tasted, I was curious about this one, although wary of the low price.  It turns out the wine is pretty good for the price.

The body is on the lighter side for a grape that can be quite full-bodied, but I found it tasty right away, showing ripe and tangy  red cherry and some dusty tannins.  Over the course of the evening, the fruit softened and filled out some, and the cherry evolved more to cherry / red plum, with a tasty savory aspect that’s sort of meaty / black olivey, and nice, ripe acid.  While never impressive, it was a tasty quaff for the price.

A few days later, the saved single-glass screwcap bottle was surprisingly much more ripe-fruity, almost too much for my taste.  While the acid was fortunately still present and yummy, the fruit was a sort of syrupy cherry, with perhaps a hint of chocolate (suggested by the Wiki page liked above) and spice, and the same earthy, aged complexity.



3 thoughts on “Rosso del Vulcano 2009 Aglianico del Vulture

  1. Expat

    One of my favorite wineries, Caparone, was the first to successfully grow Aglianico in the US and I love their version of it. Theirs is dry,earthy and very old world. So this intrigued me. Nothing wrong with it but I found it really simple and boring. Ironically, more new world tasting than Caparone’s done in Paso Robles.

    1. delmartian1

      This wine showed up in Oceanside last weekend and we picked up one to try based on previous good experiences. There only seemed to be about a case and it was on the shelf before even being entered into the computerized store inventory. It definitely improved as the meal went on and although not the greatest Italian wine, not bad at all for $4.


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