Cappellaccio – Aglianico Riserva 2013 DOC
It is a 100% Aglianico, one of the most noble varieties planted in Southern Italy. This nectar’s vineyards are located at 200m asl in the Murgia hills, in the Castel del Monte DOC zone. The grapes are harvested mid October and the macerate for 12/14 days at 28°C with pumping-over and delestage. Next step is aging: 50% of divine juice sleeps for 12 months in French oak barriques and the other 50% in 30hl French oak casks. Before the release, the nectar rests other 12 months in the bottle. The wine is not cold stabilised before bottling. Salute!
In the glass the wine has an elegant ruby colour with garnet shades. The intensity is medium to deep.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. The fragrances of red cherry, sour cherry and not fully ripe red plum are the first ones hitting our nostrils. Then there is a subdue perfume of violet and lavender. The black pepper and the kirsch give some pleasant sharpness to the aromatic palette. The 12 months aging in oak have donate the classical secondary aromas of vanilla, cloves, cedar and a hint of charred wood. Probably it is the power of the suggestion, but I can sniff also notes similar to the perfume of the olive wood. A tormenting memory! The long rest in the bottle has developed tertiaries as fig, prune, wet leaves, Kentucky tobacco and a fine leather.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%) and it gives a lovely heat wave. The wine is incredibly silky and rounded on the palate. A rich strawberry and an almost preserved sour cherry dominate the aromatic bouquet at the first sip, with a note of eucalyptus making the taste not trivial. At a second sip, you will enjoy the cornucopia of secondary and tertiary aromas. Amongst the others: resinous, toast, chocolate, coffee and smoke. The flavour intensity is pronounced and the aromas last long on the palate.
In the past I enjoyed other wines of this producer. This Aglianico matches the expectations. It is balanced, has length, has intensity and is complex. I enjoyed in particular its secondary and tertiary aromas, which make this nectar perfect to wash down your roast or to help you think while you are smoking a rough Toscano Originale cigar (don’t bother to smoke something cheaper… if you want to hurt your health, at least do it with style).