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California Central Coast Wine Value Pick | Caparone 2005 Aglianico Paso Robles

California Central Coast Wine Value Pick | Caparone 2005 Aglianico Paso Robles


In this review we take a close look at an Italian varietal wine Aglianico from Caparone Winery, one of the foundation wineries in Paso Robles. A small artisan winery specializing in red wines, they take a very minimalist approach to wine making.

In this review we take a close look at an Italian varietal wine Aglianico. Though not well known in the USA, Aglianico is THE red wine of Southern Italy. Its origins there are said to go back to the Greek farming and vineyard settlements along the Italian southern coast. Though rather hard to find here in the USA, it is one of our favorites along with Sangiovese and Zinfandel.

Caparone Winery

Established in 1979 Caparone Winery is one of the foundation wineries in Paso Robles. A small artisan winery specializing in red wines, they take a very minimalist approach to wine making, choosing to limit handling of the wine to a minimum during the processing, and forgoing filtering and fining completely.


Caparone 2005 Aglianico Paso Robles

From the Caparone Website: www.caparone.com: We believe that the finest wines are created by nature - they are a reflection of the vine and the place where it grows. Truly great wines are an expression of nature, not of the gadgets and chemicals that are used so often in modern winemaking. So we take great pains to interfere as little as possible.

We firmly believe that there is no substitute for patience in the making of fine red wines. We don't take any shortcuts to bring our wines to market sooner - we do not fine, filter, centrifuge, micro-oxygenate, or do anything else to speed the wine making process.

Aglianico Background

Aglianico (pronounced "ah-LYAH-nee-koe") was brought to southern Italy by the Greeks to southern Italy over 2,000 years ago. Aglianico is considered the third noble Italian wine grape variety along with Nebbiolo from the north, and Sangiovese from the center of Italy.

Thought by Italians to produce best in volcanic soils, Aglianico produces well structured red wines, deep ruby in color with black fruit, smoke, and dark chocolate aromas, with firm tannins, good acidity and a long finish. The wine typically takes 3 to 4 years maturation to open up and display its best qualities.

Our observations:

When we opened the bottle we noticed the stone fruit and black berry aromas characteristic of this wine. In the glass, although unfiltered the wine was a translucent dark ruby red color. Swirling the glass we noticed slow developing, long running tears indicating substantial structure to the wine.

On the palette, the wine was rich and complex, with moderate tannins and good acidity. The food friendly alcohol level at 13.2% was not overwhelming, and just enough to give a sense of a nice mouth full.

The finish was long, supple and satisfying.

This is a classic Italian style wine like one would find at a small Italian family winery, or on the table at a Trattoria. With mild tannins, good acidity and low alcohol level, it is very food friendly and a good paring partner with a rustic oregano-tomato dish like Beef Pizzaiola, Central Coast Style.





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