2016 Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino
2016 Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino, Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Winemaker Notes; Intense ruby color. A bouquet that is penetrating, quite ample, and complex, with violets, raspberries and pomegranates. The palate is warm, dry, and rich, with nice balance. Pair with red meats, pasta with meat sauces, legume-based soups, and aged cheeses.
Among Italy’s elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.
Rosso di Montalcino is found in the same defined area as its bigger brother, the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Both are situated in the heart of Tuscany, in central Italy. This DOC was created in 1984 in order to make the most of the fruit from younger vines of new plantings. The idea was to create a fresher style of wine that needed considerably less ageing time (one year with only six months in oak) than its sibling.
Società Agricola Caparzo is an estate in the Montalcino region of Tuscany particularly known for its Brunello di Montalcino and makes two Rosso di Montalcino wines as well. The generic wine is made from fruit sourced from across the estate, while La Caduta, unusually, is a single-vineyard wine produced at Rosso di Montalcino level.