October 18, 2020
New Arrivals: The Grand Cru-Like Value from Montosoli Recalls the Glories of the 1970s. Plus, the 50th Anniversary Bottle of the Brunello That Got Many of Us Enjoying Montalcino – Just $39.99.
“Caparzo has been on a roll of late. The wines are once again terrific.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
It goes without saying, anytime we can grab more quality Brunello delivered with value from the Tuscan Hills and the “fairytale vintage made by God” – we do it emphatically, as we simply enjoy the approachability of the wines! And, as in any vintage, we certainly have a soft spot for the patriarchs that helped build this great region. The pioneering Italian wine critic Burton Anderson stated it best decades ago, “The most legendary Brunello is produced by Biondi-Santi, Fattoria dei Barbi, and Costanti.” These are truly the historic estates of Montalcino; however, there are a few estates we would add to this important list that helped the define a region. That begins with a wine that is synonymous with value in Montalcino, and got many us started on Brunello, and that is the iconic single vineyard La Casa bottling from Tenuta Caparzo.
From northern Montalcino’s prized, grand cru-like hill of Montosoli, Vigna La Casa was one of the first single vineyard bottlings of Montalcino with their debut in 1977. In fact, La Casa refers to the “house” on the top of the Montosoli hill, that housed the farmers of Palazzo Montosoli, which is located a stone’s throw away. Few wines captured innovation with tradition, which was revolutionary at the time as it focused on terroir and evolution of Sangiovese. Back in the '70s, little was known of terroir, and little attention was paid to the concept of single vineyard bottlings. Well, terroir truly speaks through in this distinct wine from forty-year-old vines grown on prized schist-clay (locally known as Galestro) in the northern climate of Montosoli.
With more than 250 estates now producing Brunello, only a handful can capture elegance and structure from 40-year-old vines, and a historic plot, at $69.99 a bottle from this ripe and standout vintage! It should be noted that this is a wine that commands $89.99
elsewhere. As an added bonus, we are including the more introductory 2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 50th Anniversary bottling at just $39.99. From 1970 to 2020, it is hard to deny the impact that Tenuta Caparzo has had on Montalcino and getting many of us to experience Brunello di Montalcino delivered with value. Happy 50th to Caparzo!
FEATURED WINE: A Montalcino Grand Cru and More from the “Fairytale” Vintage
You have heard us say it numerous times over the past month, the best way to sum up many of the Brunello di Montalcino from the ripe 2015 vintage is one word – delizioso. Yes, the vintage has been dubbed the “fairytale vintage” by the media and has entered the pantheon of legendary ripe years such as 1997, 2007 and even, 2010. For Italian Wine Merchants, it is simple, while we appreciate the more restrained and classic years there is an extraordinary quality of concentrated fruit in this vintage, with precise varietal characteristics and a stunning level of balance across the region. As Andrea Mantengoli of La Serena exclaimed to Vinous this past month, 2015 was "A vintage made by God,” meaning the sunny vintage provided by Mother Nature supplied everything that was needed in the vineyard to make great wine – as many did. The soft and inviting approachability will be the perfect complement to the upcoming 2016s, as well as the preceding 2013s, where many of the wines are more restrained, and in most scenarios will need more time for drinking pleasure.
ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:
2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa
Christopher Deas: “Tasted beside the straight Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 50th Anni, there is no denying the structure the single vineyard bottling has over its normale sibling. This is northern climate Montalcino, there is more crispness to the wine in comparison to many of the expressions we have shared from further south – Caprili, Ciacci Piccolomini, and Lisini - just to name a few. This is cru Montalcino from a five-hectare plot and showcases its terroir - as a result, there is more precision here and this is a high- toned, red fruited Brunello. You can expect cherries, wild berries, plum, a touch of citrus, underbrush, herbs, and chalky minerality. It is a wine that needs to be decanted if it approached today, and with two hours of airtime the fruit softens, integrates, and impresses.”
Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “Caparzo's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa opens to a very fine and precise bouquet that is carefully assembled with crisp berry notes, smoke, tar, licorice and toasted almond. The wine remains very tight and crisp overall, but it does cede to more volume and puts on more weight as it opens in the glass. There is a pretty note of crushed stone or granite on the close. The La Casa vineyard site is characterized by clay soils broken up with shards of Galestro schist that adds to the cool and fresh profile of the wine. This lovely single-vineyard Brunello is almost ready to drink (wait a few more years), but it should also withstand the next 10 years of cellar aging should you decide to put your bottle aside.”
2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 50th Anniversary
Christopher Deas: “It is the wine that got many of us drinking Brunello, as it is simply difficult to beat the value this wine offers. There are not many Brunello you can find under $40 – and have a distinguished history to share. The estate is responsible for getting Brunello into the hands of many, and the 2015 is a fitting vintage for the 50th anniversary of this historic estate. You can expect sweet red cherry fruit, cranberry, licorice, dried herbs, and minerality. It is a medium-bodied Brunello, easy drinking with its juicy, succulent fruit. Like the La Casa, the wine benefits with airtime and the wine softens and becomes even more inviting – showcasing more of the ripeness of the vintage. Happy 50th Caparzo - thanks for delivering Brunello that is approachable on the palate and in the pocket.”
Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “Caparzo is one of two properties in Montalcino owned by the beautiful and charming Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini. The other property is Altesino. This wine, the Caparzo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is a very classic interpretation that delivers the goods without any distracting bells or whistles. The wine opens to red and purple fruit aromas with background tones of dried herb, potting soil, cedar wood and light spice. Fruit comes from a site with heavier clay soils, and you get hints of that extra density and richness here. This vintage offers all you need in a model Brunello from a very beautiful and generous vintage. I always admire the wines of Caparzo for their accessible and immediate drinking style.”
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