Volcanic wines are currently a hot topic among wine critics and enthusiasts worldwide, and Paternoster is very much of the moment: it is a volcanic wine in the literal sense of the term and stands on an extinct volcano. Paternoster is located in the relatively unknown southern Italian region of Basilicata, on the slopes surrounding Mount Vulture, and has long been considered one of the region’s most important wineries. Along with neighboring Taurasi in Campania, the area around Mount Vulture is considered one of the top areas for the production of the Aglianico grape – earning it its reputation as the “Barolo of the South” by many leading wine writers.
The Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture is true to its name: the word means “synthesis,” and the wine is made from grapes grown in different sections of the Vulture region. Synthesi is an Aglianico intended for drinking young, and is an excellently priced example of what the grape is all about.
Tasting Notes: The wine is bright ruby red. Intense perfume elevate out of the glass, black cherry, spiced plum, prunes, smoked game, and white pepper tantalize the nose. The wine is dry. medium-plus body, velvety flavor, topped with fine tannins and a medium-plus finish
Dark plums, licorice, treacle, chocolate-glazed cherries, blackberry compote and hints of meat and spices form the nose of this aglianico. Medium body, grainy tannins, plenty of dark, chocolately fruit and a medium finish. Minerally style. ~91JS
A fresh, firm and densely knit red, offering an up-front waft of warm brown bread, ground pink peppercorn and anise. This full-bodied version opens in the glass, revealing aromatic hints of violet and marjoram that accent the ripe mulberry fruit, iron-laced mineral and dried fig flavors as they echo on the supple finish. ~91WS
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