I don’t know if I’d call this wine “savage”, although the intense, deeply colored and flavored wines grown on the slopes of Mt. Vulture in the Campania region of southern Italy do have their wild side. But this gutsy, dense red also has a certain refinement amidst all that mineral, smoke, and earth edged black fruit. Maybe using the sophisticated-sounding French term “sauvage” will give it the meaning I’m looking for. Whatever it is, you can taste those rocky, steeply terraced vineyard soils every time you raise your glass. I am a big Aglianico fan, finding them intriguingly mysterious. The ’11 D’Angelo is a steal for a wine this good at this price. Terrifically satisfying right now, it will only age and improve for the next 5-10 years. Should any form of grilled meats be on your dining horizon, this ’11 D’Angelo is the perfect choice!
More love: from The Wine Spectator: “This fresh, well-spiced, finely knit red offers supple tannins and a palate of dried black currant, marjoram and thyme, anise, smoke and leather. Chewy finish. Drink now through 2026. 90 points.”