Capolino Perlingieri 2015 'Sciasci' Sannio Sciascinoso DOC
Item Number: 15154
Sub Region: Campania
Appellation/AVA: Sannio DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 85% Sciascinoso / 15% Aglianico
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Sandy with little stones
Elevation: 490 feet
Sciascì is a nickname for the Sciascinoso grape, too hard to pronounce for almost everybody. More than 20 years ago, Alexia's mother planted this indigenous grape on their land. The variety, normally used for the local red blend, has a charming nose in which Alexia's mother thought deserved more attention. Red fruit notes from Sciascinoso well merged with spicy tannins from Aglianico make Sciascì a wine with no comparison.
Vineyard Notes: Perlingieri owns 13 hectares of vineyards in Solopaca, in a province of Benevento (Sannio), which is near Taburno Camposauro.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are manually harvested. The bunches are destemmed and run through a sorting table to remove leaves and stems (a technique that is normal for expensive, fine wines but not at all common in this area or at this price). Long, controlled temperature maceration and fermentation occurs with indigenous yeast in 55-hectoliter Allier oak casks with daily pump overs. The grapes are softly pressed and aged for 24 months in the oak casks. Malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine ages in bottle for before release.
Tasting Notes: Perlingieri’s Sciasci Sianno Rosso offers the structure and boldness of a classic Aglianico with a softer, sweeter roundness to it that makes this bottling a little more accessible for everyday. There is a lovely balance between the power and intensity of Aglianico and the gentle, playful red fruit notes of the variety Sciascinoso, which is indigenous to the Campania region. Fine grained tannic texture leads through the mineral and fruity finish, leaving the palate pleasantly coated with spice, red fruit, and bitter earth. Some rusticity with layers of spicy complexity, this wine begs for fun foods like pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, or meatballs.
94 Points (2011 Vintage) Vinous 11/6/2018
"Refined aromas of flint, blackberry and red cherry, complicated by violet and tar. Then also flinty in the mouth, presenting smooth flavors of dark berries, herbs and graphite. Finishes long, pretty and very well balanced, with repeating nuances of herbs, graphite and dark cherry. Outstanding medium-bodied, saline red made from the little-known Sciascinoso native grape."