Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2017

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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"Unexpectedly soft and pliant"

Vinous (92+) - November 17, 2022

"Like an amplified expression of everything expected from an Aglianico del Vulture, the 2017 Don Anselmo lifts from the glass with a savory and exotic bouquet as musky currants, underbrush and cigar ash are contrasted by nuances of ginger and spiced citrus rinds. It's unexpectedly soft and pliant on the palate with creamy waves of textural black fruits, yet beneath it all, a web of fine tannins slowly builds. Wood tones, liquid-dried florals and a potent staining of primary concentration are left to linger through the long finale, as the Don Anselmo displays its hulking structure." - E.G. 11/22


Wine Enthusiast (93) - April 6, 2023

June/July 2023 Issue


"Leather, tar, grilled herbs"

Wine Spectator - August 2, 2023

"A rich, savory red, with a fragrant mix of leather, tar, grilled herbs and loamy earth, plus flavors of sun-dried cherry and date. The spiced finish reveals firm tannins that are dusty but well-knit."-A.N 8/23


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