2010 Cantine del Notaio Aglianico del Vulture 'Il Sigillo'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $54.94)
"The wine is distinctive and profoundly beautiful...I really could not be more enthusiastic...impressed across the board." - 96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
‘Il Sigillo’ has all the volcanic character and rustic charm we have come to expect from Basilicata, one of Italy’s top emerging wine regions. Sommeliers and critics have championed these characterful values for several years now, yet the prices remain in the underappreciated range. As such, we’re able to find unheard of values like this 96-point beauty, “one of the most important wines made” in this region, for less than $40!
The Wine Advocate counts the 2010 ‘Il Sigillo’ as part of Cantine del Notaio’s best releases ever, and with its opulent but smoky notes of blueberry, olive tapenade, damson jam, and signature black licorice, we couldn’t agree more.
Proprietor Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti knows Aglianico well - after all, he has six separate bottlings based on the grape and Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate “cannot think of another Italian winery that is so prolific with a single variety.”
Unlike Taurasi, Vulture is still the wild west in Southern Italy, but Cantine del Notaio is considered a standard bearer for quality and consistency. “Cantina del Notaio has made a name for itself with rich, textured wines that bear the signature of longtime winemaker Luigi Moio, one of the most celebrated and influential oenologists in southern Italy,” per noted Italian critic Antonio Galloni.
What better way to grab your attention than with the 2010 ‘Il Sigillo’, a 96pt stunner for less than $40 – a well-crafted, cellar-worthy red that’s reflective of its unique terroir. While it will keep for more than a decade, we couldn’t blame you for popping one open sooner than that, so stock up on this one by the case! Cheers!