AGLIANICO RISERVA KAPNIOS
RIPE AND RICH FULL BODIED RED
The wine gets its name from the word “Kapnios” which in ancient Greek translated as “smoked”. In Latin the word “capnios” was then used to describe a kind of wine from grapes of smoky appearance. It is indeed believed that in Roman age in Northern Campania, the local tribe of the Samnites used to make wine with dried grapes that showed a grey and smoky appearance. The wine produced had also a distinctive smoky taste due to the drying natural process of the grapes in the sun. In the same area thousand of years later Masseria Frattasi makes one of their top wines by drying their best grapes of Aglianico in an open pergola style housing where they are clipped vertically and hung in rows.
The long ageing in French oak barriques (18 months) and the further time spent in the bottle soften the firm tannic structure and the acidity of the Aglianico grapes revealing lush layers of sweetened fruit and dried floral aromas blended together with dusty and spiced smoke savoury flavours.
Soil: Clay and limestone
Altitude: 500/600 metres a.s.l.
Pruning sytem: Espalier
The grapes are harvested during the first or second week of November. The grapes are dried in an open pergola style housing where they are clipped vertically and hung in rows. 18 months ageing in French oak barriques.
Deep and intense blackberries and blackcurrants on the nose alongside with leather. The palate is full and balanced, and it shows fine use of oak, with melted tannins and a long finish of roasted coffee, chocolate, tobacco and spices.
It is excellent paired with roast meat, game and mature cheeses.
Alcohol (ABV): 14%