Paul Caputo


Notes, ideas and stories from a fine wine cellar


  1. 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

  2. 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, Chianti Classico DOCG, Sangiovese, Azienda Nunzi Conti

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

  7. 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…


  8. 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, Fiano di Avellino DOCG

  9. 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

  10. 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