Azienda Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Gudarra 2009
Other Red Wine from Southern Italy, Italy
Gudarrà is deep ruby-red in color and is intensely rich in mature red and black fruit, with hints of spice. On the palate, this wine expresses all its personality and structure, with great balance between tannins and smoothness, fruit and spice and long harmonious persistence.
Wine Spectator - "Richly aromatic, with cedar, spice box and smoke notes. This structured red is balanced and accessible overall, with a core of spiced plum, wild strawberry, seared mushroom and chocolatecovered espresso flavors persisting on the finish. Drink now through 2024."
Azienda Bisceglia Winery
The Bisceglia Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the extinct volcano, Mount Vulture, in the splendid district of Lavello. This old farming community is officially recognized as "Wine Town" in the Basilicata Region of Southern Italy. The winery itself was designed by internationally-acclaimed architects Hikaru Mori and Domenico Santomauro and has state of the art winemaking facilities as well as aging cellars.
The Estate extends over uncontaminated hillside rich in flora and fauna, characterized by a Mediterranean microclimate. A natural balance of temperature changes characterizes this terroir, conferring remarkable fertility to calcareous and clay loam soils. The Bisceglia is comprised of forty hectares of vines in the heart of the Aglianico DOC appellation, which include the local varieties Aglianico, Moscato and Fiano as well as a selection of international vine varieties. View all Azienda Bisceglia Wines
About Southern ItalyAbruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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3 ratings, 1 with reviewCharlotte Colmar - Berkeley, CA51/27/2016CParks - San Francisco, CA51/11/2016imillett - Lincoln, NE33/15/2015I got this because it was an unusual varietal: Aglianico. We tried this at a family reunion. The first comment: "this wine is the weakest of the 3. I don't know what the varietal is". I agree. However, it is also a 2009 vs. the other wines which were 3 years younger. It did not display a significant tannin which is apparently what this wine is known for. (As I said, 2009). It wasn't very acidic nor did it come across as "thick" on the pallet. There was (still) a fair amount of fruit. This is a fine wine and drinkable now. Anyone that likes reds will drink this without objection. It makes a great conversation piece as something they've never tried before. However, I would not cellar it. Perhaps it was more robust when younger. Now, it is drinkable. In a few years, it will be exhausted and flat.