Alto Vulture, Vini da Vulcano, Basilicata, Italy
100% Aglianico; 13% ABV
North Berkeley Imports
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store at least a few months ago. No longer there.
This sparkling rosé arrived probably about 6 months ago, with two other NBI wines. A couple people told me this was awful, so I had just let this bottle sit around unopened. However, tonight I opened it, expecting to dump it down the drain, with a backup ready. But I was surprised: I love it!
The wine was pleasantly aromatic, showing fruity flavors of cantaloupe / quince, red berries, and a dark red cherry close to a savory, almost-meat flavor. It was well-carbonated and pleasantly dry and crisp. It kept well over the evening in a stoppered bottle in the fridge. More light tangerine flavor came out over time.