We love the complexity and longevity Aglianico can achieve in its homeland of Campania, and have enjoyed selling some of the finest examples of the grape from the best producers in the region. While this version from La Capranera may not fit in that echelon among the greatest wines of Italy, it is a true representation of the grape and a darn tasty bottle of juice at about half the price of those aforementioned. It is also pretty remarkable how drinkable and 'friendly' this wine is given it did not spend any time in oak barrels to tame the varietal's notorious tannic structure. Spending about eight months aging in tank was all it needed to deliver a full bodied, accessible Aglianico with all the dark red berry fruit flavors one expects, along with a hint of dark chocolate and a little spice, in a well modulated frame of tannin and acidity. Folks are starting to catch onto this wine so don't wait to try it before it goes away.
The goal of La Capranera is to create more moderately priced wines from the Campania indigenous varietals of Falanghina, Fiano and Aglianico. All the farming is sustainable with organic practices and the vineyards are mostly younger vines, under 20 years old, which helps deliver a 'youthful vibrancy' in the wines. Capranera means 'black goat', a particular species of which liked to graze in the Cilento National Park near the vineyards. They almost became extinct in the early 1980s but have enjoyed a resurgence in population and are now thriving, along with the wines of Campania. (Maybe the goats rebounded from snacking on all the Aglianico grapes!)