2001 Montevetrano, Colli di Salerno IGT, Montevetrano (RT 94) SO’d for the afternoon and then followed over the course of two evenings, poured directly from bottle. The complete package here is stunningly delicious. It shows a relatively dark ruby, yet still translucent hue. The bouquet has moved toward an earthy, terroir driven wine that previous bottles have lacked showing notes of dark red fruits, sous bois and volcanic ash. With time in the glass it opens-up beautifully with hints of spicy truffle, underbrush and a light floral. This wine truly shines on the palate with its alluring richness and balance beaming through. Superb acidity and gorgeously polished, ultra-fine tannins punctuate a grand finish. I had a hard time putting down the glass this was so captivating. Seriously impressive, a profoundly enjoyable wine. While I’m not generally a fan of International varieties from this part of Italy, here the modest addition of Aglianico makes a significant difference and the package comes together in a stylish, classy way. Now in its prime drinking window, I see no upside to continuing to hold. Enjoy now – 2025+. You can pick up the latest vintages for $45-70.