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Caparone Winery

Caparone Winery With over 31 harvests of Paso Robles grapes to his credit, Dave Caparone is one of the most experienced Paso Robles winemakers . Today with his son Marc (who has apprenticed with him for nearly 15 years) he continues to produce some of the most distinctive red wines in the area. Known as a strict purist in his winemaking techniques and for his down-to-earth approach to fine wine, he has developed a reputation for his rich, long-lived reds. He is also recognized as an American pioneer of the production of Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Aglianico as varietals.

From the South (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara) exit Highway 101 at Highway 46 East but turn left (west) towards Paso Robles. You are now on 24th Street. Head west on 24th (which becomes Nacimiento Lake Drive) 5.5 miles, then turn right on San Marcos Road. The winery is located 1.5 miles from Nacimiento Lake Drive on the left. From the San Joaquin valley, take Highway 46 west to Paso Robles, the highway becomes 24th Street. Head west on 24th(which becomes Nacimiento Lake Drive) 5.5 miles, then turn right on San Marcos Road. The winery is located 1.5 miles from Nacimiento Lake Drive on the left. From the North (San Francisco, San Jose) take Highway 101 to about 1 mile south of the town San Miguel. Turn right on San Marcos Road. The winery is about 3 miles from 101 on the right.

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2280 San Marcos Road, Paso Robles, CA, US, 93466 Email:
Phone: 805-467-3827 Web:
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Aglianico is the third of Italy's excellent native varieties. It is the noble vine of the south, considerably less known and less appreciated that the nebbiolo or the sangiovese. Our Aglianico vineyard, the first in the United States, was begun in 1988 and now consists of 5 acres. It requires one of the longest growing seasons of any red grape, and we generally harvest it around the first of November. Our grapes produce a delightfully soft, well-structured wine with a strong hint of courants. Like Taurasi, the famous Italian aglianico wine, it can age for a long time, although our Aglianico is quite drinkable when young.
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Our classic Cab is from the Bien Nacido vineyard. Drink it now or age it for 30+ years. Aged for 24 months in small, French oak. A truly exceptional Cabernet.
We have made an unblended Merlot since 1980, and have always made it as a full-bodied wine, quite unlike much of the Merlot that is produced in California today. Also from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, our Merlot is rich, with plenty of fruit.
It has been said that Nebbiolo is the perfect grape for winemakers who have conquered Pinot Noir and are looking for another challenge! The fact that we have produced a high quality Nebbiolo since 1985 is our most noteworthy achievement. Our Nebbiolo is made from a combination of the original Michet and Lampia clones we planted in 1980 as well as some of the newer clones that have been made available in recent years. The wine is an experience truly unique to California wines, with the deep orange-brick red color that is Nebbiolo's trademark, and a bouquet of truffles and apricots. This is a serious red wine that will age for many decades. Califonia's answer to "the wine of kings." An ideal match to rich meat or cheese dishes.
Estate grown. Excellent with Italian food of all kinds. Aged 21 months in small French oak barrels. The definitive California Sangiovese!
Our vineyard site was chosen by Dave Caparone as a good place for Zinfandel vines, and our Zin has remained one of our most popular wines over the years. Unlike many Paso Robles Zinfandels, ours is of moderate alcohol. We try to emphasize the rich spiciness of the variety without creating an overpowering jamminess. Zinfandel at its best can be both robust and delicate, and we think that ours fits that description.


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