In a nutshell: A rich, dense and complex example of southern Italy's top red grape, Aglianico.
The lowdown: This 100% Aglianico is sourced from Raiano's Castelfranci vineyard which was planted in 2004. Typically the grapes are harvested in early November and after fermentation the wine is matured in oak for 24 months prior to bottling. Here plum and blackberry is to the fore with sandalwood oak notes baking up. There's also some violet hints and a pleasant sour cherry and almond skin finish. The acidity is nicely fresh, and there's is no hint of the baked character often associated with Aglianico. Despite its obvious power and grippy tannins this has a deceptive finesse and really good balance.
When to drink: This will happily keep for 10-15 years but it is perfectly accessible now and will go well with richly flavoured meats including salami, lamb and game.
The family-owned 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.
The Raiano family is dedicated to producing a range of wines from local grape varieties Aglianico, Fiano and Greco - primarily sourced (80%) from 20 hectares of their own organically farmed vines across three DOCGs. Aglianico is harvested from a single, 10-hectare estate in Castelfranci and Greco from two 4-hectare vineyards in Contrada Marotta, Montefusco. They also produce Falanghina from vineyards owned by local growers.