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The Return of D’Angelo

September 19, 2008

Welcoming back wines from a master of Aglianico

This week Domenico Valentino welcomes the return of wines by Donato D’Angelo, legendary Basilicata winemaker and a key figure in Aglianico del Vulture’s rise to international prominence.


Basilicata's spectacular hills around Monte Vulture provide the backdrop for Donato D'Angelo's vineyards.

Today, Aglianico del Vulture is emerging as one of Italy’s winemaking areas of greatest potential. Donato D’Angelo was instrumental in garnering international recognition for the wine through his determination to have serious wine consumers recognize Aglianico as one of Italy’s most important varieties. Donato, who with his brother Lucio inherited the D’Angelo Cantina from their father Rocco, began producing wines in Rionero in 1973. He had just returned from study at the prestigious Oenological School of Conegliano in the Veneto inspired to make the best wine he could out of a grape variety in which he truly believed. Among his many innovations, Donato was the first wine-maker in the Vulture zone to age wine in French-oak barriques.

Villa dei Pini 2007
A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Incrocio Manzoni, Villa dei Pini marries the ancient volcanic subsoil of Southern Italy with international grape varieties.

Sacravite 2006
Blended using riper fruit sourced from the estate’s vineyards, a fantastic introduction to Aglianico del Vulture.

Serra della Querce 2005
Here Aglianico’s stiff tannin and pronounced acidity is tempered with a significant amount of Merlot.

Canneto 2005
Since 1985 D’Angelo’s Canneto has highlighted Aglianico’s best attributes for an international market.

Caselle 2003
Though this Aglianico Riserva wine has remarkable aging potential it is already drinking well.

Valle del Noce 2003
Likened to the wines of Piemonte and Bordeaux, this 100% Aglianico can age for upwards of 20 to 30 years.

What the press says about D’Angelo

“The Aglianico Wines of Monte Vulture in Basilicata have long been famed for their quality — the poet Horace was singing their praises a couple of thousand years ago. [In Basilicata] production is controlled by merchants, only a very few of whom, until very recently have cared a damn about quality. Those who do, however, can do an amazingly good job, and rightly claim parity with some of the best [Aglianico] of Campania.”
—Nicolas Belfrage, Brunello to Zabibbo (2003 edition)

“Vigna Caselle is the finest traditional Aglianico del Vulure as well as one of the few Riservas still made.”
—Edward Behr, “The Traditionalist Holdouts: D’Angelo in Rionero”, Art of Eating (2007)

“Donato D’Angelo has been carrying the Aglianico del Vulture banner practically single-handedly throughout the world’s markets since the 1970s.”
—Ed McCarthy, “Italy’s Great Unknown: Aglianico del Vulture”, Wine Review Online (2007)

If you are interested in these wines and wish to arrange a tasting, please call 718-902-1140 or email info@domenicovalentino.

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