Paul Caputo


Notes, ideas and stories from a fine wine cellar


  1. Tasting: Cordeschi's Lazio Rosato

    I'm not normally one to give too much attention to rosé, treating it generally (probably unfairly so) as a wine style that provides a great deal of fun and entertainment, but also one largely destined to be quickly consumed and easily forgotten. By the same token, Lazio is a region…

    on Tasting Notes, Lazio, Cantina Cordeschi

  2. Interview: Carlo Piccinini of Cantina di Carpi e Sorbara discusses Lambrusco

    Lambrusco has a bit of a bad rep in the UK, but with the quality of many of the wines it's about time things changed. A sparkling red wine that leads with a snappy crack of fresh red fruit, Lambrusco has often fallen victim to the notion that it isn't…

    on Interviews, Emilia Romagna

  3. Tasting: Stellenbosch WO Syrah 2013 by Jasper Raats

    A few notes on a very honest and hard to find authentic wine from South Africa's Stellenbosch region - This 2013 Syrah is produced at the acclaimed Longridge estate and produced under the personal guidance of acclaimed winemaker Jasper Raats. It is labelled under his signature collection. Longridge make up…

    on South Africa, Jasper Raats

  4. Tasting: Champagne Gosset (Champagne, France)

    Gosset is a winemaking name that goes back to 1584 and as such, is the oldest house in the Champagne region. It's an awe inspiring heritage and one rarely acknowledged since their origins predate the invention of the world's favourite fizz. Yet back in the 16th and 17th centuries, the…

    on Champagne, Champagne Gosset

  5. Tasting: Henry Fessy (Beaujolais, France)

    Few domains in Beaujolais are fortunate enough to own vineyards sites in more than a couple of villages. Henry Fessy however boasts an impressive 70 hectares spanning nine of the ten named crus as well as plots in AOC Beaujolais, AOC Beaujolais-Villages and AOC Beaujolais Blanc. Since the late 19th…

    on Beaujolais, Henry Fessy

  6. Interview: Fabio Mecca is excited about the future of Aglianico

    Fabio Mecca is a consultant winemaker from Basilicata. He is well known for is involvement with family winery Azienda Paternoster, one of the oldest producers of Aglianico del Vulture, but he also lends his experience and advice to growers in Calabria, Campania, Lazio and Tuscany. You are part of a…

    on Interviews, Basilicata

  7. Tasting: Michel Redde et Fils (Loire Valley, France)

    I've just had my first encounter with the wines of Michel Redde et Fils, one of the oldest wine growing families in the Loire Valley. Covering 42 hectares in the communes of Saint-Andelain, Pouilly-sur-Loire, and Tracy-sur-Loire, they are able to depict the classic terroirs of flint, marl and limestone this…

    on Tasting Notes, Loire Valley, Michel Redde et Fils

  8. Producer Guide: Musto Carmelitano (Basilicata, Italy)

    Musto Carmelitano is a name you are going to hear again. Admiration for their two single vineyard wines has been gathering in the press and it is only a matter of time before this young producer of Aglianico del Vulture is a regular reference point for any commentary on quality…

    on Producer Guide, Basilicata, Musto Carmelitano

  9. Producer Guide: Chateau Kamnik (Skopje, Macedonia)

    Chateau Kamnik is one of the most exciting wineries in Macedonia. The winery combines an experimental dynamism with a commitment and aspiration to produce the best wines in the country. Situated just on the outskirts of Skopje with vineyards overlooking the city, Kamnik is a clear pioneer, leading the way…

    on Producer Guide, Rep. Macedonia, Chateau Kamnik

  10. 5 Must Try Costières de Nîmes AOC

    Just back form the sunny coastal vineyards of the Costières de Nîmes AOC and there is plenty to rave about from these stony vineyards. Identifying a style isn't easy with such as vast array of grape varieties permitted, but generally the wines are fruit driven with undertones of a herbaceous…

    on Costières de Nîmes AOC

  11. Producer Guide: Azienda Sertura (Campania, Italy)

    Giancarlo Barbieri met me the other side of the telepass toll booth at Benevento, just off the main motorway between Napoli and Bari. Within 10 minutes I was in the heart of Irpinia and discovering three different vineyards, each one falling within Campania's iconic wine boundaries of Taurasi DOCG, Fiano…

    on Producer Guide, Azienda Sertura

  12. Aglianico del Vulture - Southern Italy's Hidden Treasure

    Basilicata is one of Southern Italy's last bastions of untouched and unspoiled beauty. Amongst the fields, forests and vineyards of the region, life moves to the rhythms of the seasons, creating an air of almost timeless tranquility. Agriculture is the main economy here and in the Vulture zone (pronounced Vul-tur-ay)…


  13. Wines of the Week: 27/08/15

    Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 'Samus' 2014 by Agricola Punica (Sardinia, Italy) Gorgeous blend of ripe tree fruit and apricot on the nose gives way to a moderate but zesty palate of citrus and refreshing acidity. This Sardinian treasure is 80% Vermentino with 20% Chardonnay and offers a touch of marine…

    on Wines of the Week

  14. Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2012 by Azienda Nunzi Conti

    Fresh morello cherry on the nose with tertiary nuances of mushroom, moss and black olive. Soft and elegant in the mouth, it's full of forest fruits and savoury weight, all held in check with racy acidity and a dry textured finish. 90 points Producer: Azienda Nunzi Conti Country: Italy Region:…

    on Tasting Notes, Tuscany, Sangiovese, Chianti Classico DOCG, Azienda Nunzi Conti

  15. Niederösterreich St. Laurent Reserve 'Altenberg' 2011 by R & A Pfaffl

    Very complex but fresh nose of dark berry, damsons, plums, thyme and vanilla. Lots of elegance as well as sincerity as velvety berry fruit and earth lingers on the finish and backed up by a provocative touch of varietal acidity. 91 points Producer: R & A Pfaffl Country: Austria Region:…

    on Tasting Notes, Niederösterreich Qualitätswein, R & A Pfaffl, St. Laurent

  16. Aglianico del Vulture DOC 'Serra del Prete' 2011 by Musto Carmelitano

    A sumptuously deep and brooding nose of fleshy dark fruit with balsam and thyme. Lots of intense black fruit and liquorice on the palate, a gripping backbone of acidity and firm but elegant and ripe tannins. Finishes well with distinctively typical varietal notes of black cherry and balsam. 92 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Basilicata, Aglianico del Vulture DOC, Aglianico, Musto Carmelitano

  17. Basilicata IGT 'Maschitano Rosso' 2013 by Musto Carmellitano

    Very attractive aromas of prune on the nose leads to a dry, austere wine front loaded with crunchy red fruit. Velvety and dusty on the finish, its an interesting Aglianico typical of the variety. 85 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Basilicata, Aglianico, Basilicata IGT, Musto Carmelitano

  18. Contea di Sclafani DOC 'Rosso del Conte' 2010 by Tasca d'Almerita

    Ruby red colour in the glass with red brick reflections; lots of dark plum, damson and vanilla on the nose with additional layers of chocolate and cigar smoke. Very complex aromatics with patience rewarded. The palate is smooth and elegant but full and concentrated. Intensive notes of berry and chocolate…

    on Tasting Notes, Sicily, Nero d'Avola, Tasca d'Almerita, Contea di Sclafani DOC

  19. Stobi Winery - 2014s

    I was on the road in Macedonia in September 2014, travelling through regions such as Skopje, Veles, Tikves and Stip. At the time I noted the challenging vintage conditions facing producers. Heavy rains fell for an extended period and left growers looking to pin point the right picking window. The…


  20. Fiano di Avellino DOCG 2014 by Azienda Sertura

    Excitable white peach on the nose followed up by floral fragrance and the distinct impression of hazelnuts. The palate confirms this with intense layers of stone fruit, apricot in particular with a refreshing citrus tang. Lots of mineral complexity imparts a wonderful freshness to a wine that finishes balanced and…

    on Tasting Notes, Campania, Azienda Sertura, Fiano di Avellino DOCG, Fiano

  21. Greco di Tufo DOCG 2014 by Azienda Sertura

    Delicately floral, with a touch of blossom flower and white peaches. Full and expressive in the mouth with generous helpings of tropical fruit over wet slate. A piercing jolt of acidity dissipates into a soft, gentle finish of white peach. Very refreshing and very good. 90 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Campania, Azienda Sertura, Greco di Tufo DOCG, Greco

  22. Taurasi DOCG 2009 by Azienda Sertura

    Dark plum colour with red brick reflections. The nose is closed but in time warm layers of blackberry and liquorice come through and produce a palate of austere acidity, mineral character and a finish of crunchy black cherry and pronounced vanilla. 87 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Aglianico, Campania, Taurasi DOCG, Azienda Sertura

  23. Buying Guide: 10 of the best Aglianico del Vulture

    Aglianico del Vulture is one of the most distinctive wines in Italy and yet gets very little attention on international markets. Its Nebbiolo like character has consistently drawn comparisons and while those in Piedmont refer to it as the Barolo of the South, those in the Vulture area are quite…


  24. Buying Guide: 10 Macedonian wines not to miss

    The Republic of Macedonia continues to pick up new enthusiasts and lovers of the country's intriguing wines. Some of the attraction can be put down to the fact that Macedonia is a largely undiscovered wine territory. Yet there is more than just novelty value going on here; a modest range…


  25. Interview: Ramón González of Viña Ruda talks about wine making in Castile la Mancha

    You are a boutique, low production winery operating in a region known for bulk wine. Does this make things easier for you to stand out? Not everything can be had in this life. The exceptional conditions of our production area and our vineyards enable us to create outstanding wines. In…


  26. Niederösterreich Zweigelt 'Sandstein' 2013 by R & A Pfaffl

    Fresh cherry on the nose, overtaken by notes of wet earth and violets. The palate shimmers with frisky acidity and layers of sour cherry and raspberry; it achieves both freshness and supple savouriness which ensures an intense satisfying finish. 88 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Niederösterreich Qualitätswein, Zweigelt, R & A Pfaffl

  27. R. Macedonia 'Stobi Cuvee' 2014 by Stobi Winery

    Expressive nose of ripe tropical fruit with banana and melon most prominent. The palate gives way to juicy, ripe peach before tertiary aromas of floral perfume permeate the senses. Attractive acidity, well balanced and an admirably enticing finish of succulent stone fruit. 86 points Alcohol: 12% Appellation: Tikves WGO Producer:…

    on Tasting Notes, Tikveš, Wine of Macedonia, Stobi Winery, Rkaciteli, Zupljanka

  28. R. of Macedonia Rose 2014 by Stobi Winery

    Light pink colour, the nose beams with crushed strawberry and ripe stone fruit. Crisp acidity and summer berry fruit are given a touch of structure by the powerful Vranec variety, making this a fun, flavoursome and food friendly rose that finishes with a kiss of candied cherry. 86 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Tikveš, Wine of Macedonia, Vranec, Stobi Winery

  29. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Molise

    Molise Wine Map: 1) Biferno DOC, 2) Molise DOC, 3) Pentro di Isernia DOC, 4) Tintilia DOC…


  30. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Le Marche

    Le Marche Wine Map: 1) Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva DOCG, 2) Conero Riserva DOCG, 3) Offida DOCG, 4) Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG, 5) Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva DOCG, 6) Bianchello del Metauro DOC, 7) Colli Maceratesi DOC, 8) Colli Pesaresi DOC, 9) Esino DOC, 10) Falerio DOC, 11) I…


  31. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Lazio

    Lazio Wine Map: 1) Cannellino di Frascati DOCG, 2) Cesanese del Piglio DOCG, 3) Frascati Superiore DOCG, 4) Aleatico di Gradoli DOC, 5) Aprilia DOC, 6) Atina DOC, 7) Bianco Capena DOC, 8) Castelli Romani DOC, 9) Cervetri DOC, 10) Cesanese di Affile DOC, 11) Cesanese di Olevano Romano DOC,…

    on Wine Maps

  32. Langhe DOC Nebbiolo 'Roccabella' 2012 by Eugenio Bocchino

    Typical ruby red colour with flashes of garnet. The nose is clean and abundant in floral fragrance, violet in particular, with proud aromas of liquorice and bitter cherry. Although dry and dusty on the palate, distinctive morello cherry and rose petal accompany the rustic elegance of fine but carefully polished…

    on Tasting Notes, Piedmont, Nebbiolo, Langhe DOC, Eugenio Bocchino

  33. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

    Friuli-Venezia Giulia Wine Map: 1) Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit DOCG, 2) Lison DOCG, 3) Ramandolo DOCG, 4) Rosazzo DOCG, 5) Carso DOCG 6) Collio Gorizano DOC, 7) Friuli Annia DOC, 8) Friuli Aquileia DOC, 9) Friuli Colli Orientali DOC, 10) Friuli Grave DOC, 11) Friuli Isonzo DOC, 12) Friuli…

    on Wine Maps

  34. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Emilia Romagna

    Emilia Romagna Wine Map: 1) Colli Bolognesi Classico Pignoletto DOCG, 2) Romagna Albana DOCG, 3) Bosco Eliceo DOC, 4) Colli Bolognesi DOC, 5) Colli d'Imola DOC, 6) Colli di Faenza DOC, 7) Colli di Parma DOC, 8) Colli di Rimini DOC, 9) Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa DOC, 10)…

    on Wine Maps

  35. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Campania

    Campania Wine Region Map: 1) Aglianico del Taburno DOCG, 2) Fiano di Avellino DOCG, 3) Greco di Tufo DOCG, 4) Taurasi DOCG, 5) Aversa Aspirino DOC, 6) Campi Flegrei DOC, 7) Capri DOC, 8) Casavecchia di Pontelatone DOC, 9) Castel San Lorenzo DOC, 10) Cilento DOC, 11) Costa d'Amalfi, DOC…

    on Wine Maps

  36. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Calabria

    Calabria Wine Region Map: 1) Bivongi DOC, 2) Cirò DOC, 3) Greco di Bianco DOC, 4) Lamezia DOC, 5) Melissa DOC, 6) Sant'Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto DOC, 7) Savuto DOC, 8) Scavigna DOC, 9) Terre di Cosenza DOC…

    on Wine Maps

  37. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Basilicata

    Basilicata Wine Region Map: 1) Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG, 2) Aglianico del Vulture DOC, 3) Grottino di Roccanova DOC, 4) Matera DOC, 5) Terre dell'Alta Val d'Agri DOC…

    on Wine Maps

  38. Wine Map: DOC and DOCG Wine Map of Abruzzo

    Abruzzo Wine Region Map: 1) Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Termane DOCG, 2) Abruzzo DOC, 3) Cerasuolo DOC, 4) Controguerra DOC, 5) Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC, 6) Ortona DOC, Terre Tolesi DOC / Tullum DOC, 7) Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC, 8) Villamagna DOC…

    on Wine Maps

  39. Morellino di Scansano DOCG 'Bellamarsilla' 2013 by Poggio Argentiera

    Attractive aromas of dark cherry that gives way to a ripe and succulent palate of juicy berry. Gentle acidity and moderate tannins ensure an enjoyable finish. 87 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Tuscany, Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Morellino, Poggio Argentiera

  40. Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2005 by Azienda Antonelli San Marco

    Ethereal garnet hue leads to an expressive nose of mature fruit and old leather. Plums and cherry come through strongly backed up by subtle, unassuming notes of wood. In the mouth the wine is strong and concentrated with a complex red fruit character entwined with plenty of fresh acidity; the…

    on Tasting Notes, Umbria, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, Sagrantino, Antonelli San Marco

  41. Terre Sicilliane IGP Nero d'Avola 'Saia' 2010 by Feudo di Maccari

    Refined and sophisticated nose of ripe, polished cherry is ensconced in swirling fragrances of tarragon and sage. A touch of vanilla permeates from a six months sojourn in French oak. In the mouth, a rush of refreshing forest fruits flows into notes of prune and coffee giving a very expressive…

    on Tasting Notes, Sicily, Feudo di Maccari, Nero d'Avola, Terre Sicilliane IGP

  42. Barbera d'Asti DOCG 'Conan the Barbera' 2012 by Araldica

    Powerful blasts of dark morello cherry, spice and vanilla bellow on the nose, while the palate gushes with luxurious blackcurrant, damson, prune and liquorice. With time, footprints of chocolate and earth emerge and leave a trail of gamey aura. This is a big wine and not for the faint hearted.…

    on Tasting Notes, Piedmont, Barbera, Araldica, Barbera d'Asti DOCG

  43. Barolo DOCG 2006 by Massolino

    Luscious cherry on the nose with undulating nuances of earth, leather and rose petal. In the mouth, an austere freshness is complimented by fennel and liquorice with abundant cherry. It finishes with depth and balance. 93 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Piedmont, Barolo DOCG, Nebbiolo, Massolino

  44. Franciacorta DOCG 'Miolo' NV by Villa Crespia (Muratori)

    100% Chardonnay, the nose is packed with clean aromas of ripe tree fruit and subtle brioche. A creamy palate offers a sophisticated and elegant mouth feel with gentle fruit and notes of yeast. 89 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Lombardy, Franciacorta DOCG, Chardonnay, Fratelli Muratori

  45. Etna Rosso DOC 'Rovittello' by Azienda Benanti

    100% Nerello Mascalese, this local variety is hand picked and manually sorted before undergoing fermentation amongst by natural yeasts. The result is a truly fine expression of Etna's volcanic soils through a grape prized for its playful raspberry fruit personality and fresh acidity. 92 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Sicily, Etna DOC, Nerello Mascalese, Azienda Benanti

  46. Chianti DOCG 'Podere Gamba' 2013 by Azienda Agricola San Ferdinando

    With time, dark cherry and subtle nuances of violet and liquorice emerge from a base of sturdy red fruit. In the mouth, the tannins are soft and ripe while a silky streak of velvety cherry provides an appealing finish. 88 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Tuscany, Chianti DOCG, Sangiovese, Azienda San Ferdinando

  47. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 'Di Gino' by Fattoria San Lorenzo

    Fresh and fragrant, the faint scent of wet herbs and crisp green apple characterises the nose, while the palate is full of charm and thirst quenching acidity. Gentle notes of tree fruit grace the finish. 89 points…

    on Tasting Notes, Le Marche, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC, Verdicchio, Fattoria San Lorenzo

  48. Returning to Alsace Grand Cru

    With so many fashionable wine regions making names for themselves at the moment, one can be forgiven for overlooking the tried and trusted favourites. Alsace, and in particular the 50 plus Grand Cru vineyard sites that decorate this fiercely independent stretch of French countryside, are obvious candidates for neglect. Despite…


  49. Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC 2014 by Domaine de la Pépière

    Rich and full bodied Muscadet despite the low alcohol. Loads of flavour, particularly pear, brioche and apple. Finishes with a refreshing touch of acidity and round of concentrated fruit. 89 points…

    on Loire Valley, Tasting Notes, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC, Melon de Bourgogne, Domaine de la Pépière

  50. Interview: Loris Massucco of Azienda Massucco talks about the Arneis variety

    How would you describe the Roero to wine lovers who have never come across this area? How does it differ from the Langhe? You can see the difference between the Langhe and the Roero at first sight; vineyards and fruit orchards alternate with hazelnut groves, while woodlands are often interrupted…

    on Interviews, Piedmont