ALL RED WINE CLUB

NOVEMBER 2021

BASILICATA – STEPPING STRONG

Basilicata is rarely thought of when you think of wine regions in Italy. Nestled between Calabria (Italy’s toe) and Apulia (its heel), it is actually one of the smallest in regards to production, for a multitude of reasons. Most of the land would not be fit for grape cultivation if it weren’t for Mt. Vulture’s rich volcanic soil that absorbs heat from the sun’s rays throughout the day and then releases it during the night. This climate protects the grapes from experiencing sharp temperature fluctuations. That said, the terroir is still tough as nails on the grapes.

This month three of our wines feature the grape variety Aglianico. Here it is far from easy to grow – unwilling to succumb easily to cultivation, reaching maturation late, not very productive, and sensitive to mildew. In this small region (totaling about .3% of Italy’s wine production) red and rosé rule the roost, accounting for 82% of production. Of this, 80% is dedicated to Aglianico, Three of our wines feature this grape of this month, the fourth is Primitivo. Cheers!

– Kevin Wardell, November 2021

 

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GRIFALCO ‘GRICOS’

AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE
Venosa, Basilicata, Italy 2019

CANTINA DEL NOTAIO
‘L’ATTO’

AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE
Maschito, Basilicata, Italy 2019

MUSTO CARMELITANO
‘SERRE DEL PRETE’

AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE
Basilicata, Italy 2016

TENUTA PARCO DEI MONACI
'MONACELLO’

PRIMITIVO
Matera, Basilicata, Italy 2016
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