2021 La Capranera Aglianico, Campania IGP, Italy (750ml)
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A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Dark ruby. Bright and juicy iteration of Aglianico, with a lot of fruit persistence. Ripe flavors of black raspberry, red plum and Bing cherry, with a touch of cocoa powder, and a hint of iron typical of the variety. The finish is clean and fresh. Very approachable, and a terrific value too!
Located in in the Capaccio-Paestum region of Campania, La Capranera (“black goat” in Italian), is named for the breed of goats—cilentana nera—that graze in the Cilento National Park, near where the grapes for this wine were grown. Founded in 1988 by Giuseppe Pagano—with Riccardo Cotarella as winemaker, La Capranera produces organically-grown wines made from three ancient, indigenous grape varieties: Fiano, Falanghina, and Aglianico. Originally cultivated in Greece, Aglianico is known for its age-worthy, muscular wines. It flourishes in the sunny vineyards of Campania, located just a few miles from the climate-moderating influence of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Aglianico produces remarkable wines, known for their firm structure, ripeness and balance. Today, 55 acres of the 270+ acre estate is under vine. The rest remains covered by forests, with some arable farmland and olive groves supporting biodiversity.
100% Aglianico from 20-year-old vines. The grapes were carefully hand-harvested and sorted; after a gentle pressing, the must was fermented in stainless-steel tanks at a low temperature. The young wine was then aged for 8 months in stainless-steel before bottling.