Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2015

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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"Deep and concentrated"

Jancis Robinson - June 17, 2021

"Deep ruby with orange tinges. Deep and concentrated dark-fruit and cherry nose with a hint of dusty oak and tamarind. A little richer and more concentrated on the palate than the 2016. The damson and cherry fruit on the finish is lined with powdery tannins adding chew to the finish." - W.S. 


"Effusive, rich and structured"

Wine Enthusiast - October 7, 2020 "Named after the founder of the winery, this is an effusive, rich and structured wine. An enveloping nose of blueberry tart, sour cream, iodine and crushed rock carries to the broad palate, with roasted hazelnut chiming in. The fruit feels rounded and lush but held in check by pulsing acidity and fine-grained tannins."

"Juicy, sappy and edge-free"

Vinous - March 10, 2020 "Medium red-ruby. A knockout nose showcases aromas of red berries, flint, earth, leather and wild herbs. Then silky in the mouth, with a crushed-stone minerality providing structure to the ripe raspberry, licorice and earth flavors. Juicy, sappy and edge-free, this dense, multilayered wine boasts an extremely long, refined finish."

"Creamy tannins and a long fragrant finish"

Wine Spectator - August 28, 2019 "Creamy tannins firm this suave, medium- to full-bodied red, while lightly juicy acidity and a tang of tarry smoke mesh with flavors of wild cherry, fennel seed and tobacco. Offers a long, fragrant finish. Best from 2021 through 2029. 1,000 cases made, 100 cases imported."

"Delicious finish"

James Suckling - August 9, 2019 "This is a delicious and exotic red with clove, tea-leaf and ripe-fruit aromas and flavors. Full body, soft tannins, and a long flavorful finish. Anise coming through at the end. Delicious finish. Drink now."

"Smokey richness"

Wine & Spirits - August 9, 2019 “The Paternoster family makes about 150,000 bottles a year from their 50 vineyard acres on the slopes of Mount Vulture in Basilicata. Don Anselmo is their top wine, made form the estate's oldest vines growing in volcanic soils at 2,000 feet of elevation. It's dense and formidably tannic, its plum and raspberry flavors infused with notes of graphite and tobacco. Brisk acidity balances the wine's smokey richness, keeping the stricture lithe. ”

"Dimension and complexity"

Wine Advocate - January 18, 2019 “The 2015 Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo sees fruit sourced from a 4.5-hectare single vineyard located at 600 meters above sea level. The wine opens to tangy fruit aromas that are brooding and thick. Background aromas of tar, smoke and cigar ash give the wine dimension and complexity.”

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