In a Nutshell
Ripe and approachable with plenty of fruit and character.
A dense, powerful young red, fresh and spicy on the nose with black fruits and smoky, tarry notes. Fresh wild plum and bitter cherry fruit is balanced by taut acidity and firm but ripe tannins. An impeccably made wine combining depth and structure with vibrant, spicy fruit.
The Aglianico grapes are souced from the Castelfranci, Venticano and Bonito vineyards - at altitudes of around 500m. The grapes are macerated and fermented on skins, in stainless steel, for around 10 days. Half of the wine is then matured in French oak (a mixture of 2-3yr old barriques and larger barrels) for 12 months, and half in stainless steel on lees. Both are then blended before bottling.
The family-owned winery of Villa Raiano was established in 1996, in the village of Raiano, Campania. In 2009 a new winery was built – on top of a hill amongst vineyards and chestnut woods, overlooking the River Sabato near San Michele di Serino in the Southern Apennines.