2008 Gudarra Aglianico del Vulture Riserva

Year: 2008
Appellation: Basilicata
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

100% Aglianico

"Here is a little masterpiece from my favorite underdog Italian region, Basilicata. The 2008 Aglianico del Vulture Riserva Gudarrà is an ambitious achievement and a wine that delivers long lasting satisfaction. The bouquet shows a high level of harmony and inner elegance with dark fruit and spice backed by mineral, ash and tobacco. Those descriptors don't even do justice to the depth of this wine. There are spicy oak influences, but they are cleanly wrapped within the fleshiness of the wine. The persistence is long and silky. The wine ages in botte grande for two years. Some 8,000 bottle are made." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The Bisceglia estate is situated on the lower slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Vulture, in the historic district of Lavello. Gudarrà, in local dialect, means "to be enjoyed." The Riserva is their top wine and with its deep, concentrated flavors, it is certainly a wine which is meant "to be enjoyed."

Tasting Notes:
Gudarrà is deep red in color, aromas of baked red cherries complement undertones of cassis, blackberry jam, and sweet spices. On the palate, balanced tannins and integrated alcohol make for a beautifully integrated and complex wine.

Food Pairing:
Pair this wine with roasted game, spicy tomato-based sauces, southern Italian pasta dishes, and slow-cooked beef stews.