Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2016

Aglianico del Vulture DOC


Don Anselmo is a landmark wine made from 100% Aglianico grapes, the native varietal in Basilicata for which the region is renowned. It is dedicated to the winery’s founder, Anselmo Paternoster, and represents the history, roots, and continued importance of the Paternoster family in the area of production of the wines, Vulture. The grapes come from small and particularly old vineyard parcels in Barile, located at 2000 feet above sea level, with naturally low yields (35- 40 quintals per hectare). The soil is volcanic, with a significant levels of lava and ash.



The vineyards from which the grapes that go into making Don Anselmo are located are quite small and date back decades. They are located in Barile in the province of Potenza in Basilicata. They are located at nearly 2,000 feet above sea level and have naturally low yields.


The Aglianico grapes are generally harvested at the end of October. The grapes are crushed and destemmed and the must macerates on the skins in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 15 days. During this period, several pump overs are carried out. The wine ages 50% in large Slavonian oak barrels and 50% in French barriques. Final bottle aging lasts 12 months.




Aglianico del Vulture DOC

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"Succulent and poised"

Jancis Robinson (17++) - June 17, 2021

"Deep ruby. Cherry, damson and raspberry with sweet liquorice notes and a hint of oak. Succulent and poised and still a little closed. Elegant palate weight, complex damson and raspberry fruit lined with finely ground tannins on the finish." - W.S. 


"Well-swathed by the detailed flavor"

Wine Spectator - April 29, 2021

"A rich, savory red in a fresh, full-bodied frame, featuring pretty notes of ripe cherry, black raspberry and licorice, layered with finely meshed threads of tarry smoke, saline and cured tobacco. Dense, fine-grained tannins provide definition, but remain well-swathed by the detailed flavor range." - A.N.

"Intense energy"

Wine Enthusiast - June 17, 2021

"Enveloping aromas of cherry coulis, pomegranate molasses, anise seed and blood orange carry over to the rich yet deftly balanced palate. There's intense energy to the coiled red-berry flavors, with a mineral zip propelling it along while polished tannins firmly wrap it all up." - A.P.

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