Saturday, August 10, 2013

Aglianico del Vulture 2009 - Tenuta I Gelsi -A Summer Red for Summer's Other Side

When summer rolls around, we often enjoy that nice chilled glass of spumante or our favorite white wine as we relax by the pool on the beach or on the terrace with friends.  And why not?  What goes better with a seafood based summer menu than a glass of Falanghina, Greco or Fiano?
But summer has another side.  A side where we light up our barbecues, whip up our secret sauces, and grill our favorite cuts of meat our chicken.
My secret sauce is not so secret.  I don't like it too spicy, but I do like it a little tart and a little sweet (thanks to the addition of Ramata di Montoro onions).  A sauce that needs a red.   I tasted one  recently that I feel would go great by the grill:  Aglianico del Vulture Basilicata DOC 2009 by Tenuta I Gelsi.  
A deep cherry nose.  Deep, but not too mature.  Time has softened (somewhat) the tannins but there's just enough astringency to balance with my secret sauce.
And that's no secret...

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