Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2018
A rustic yet fresh expression of Tuscany’s famed Sangiovese grape. Bursting with complex aromas of raspberry, pomegranate, and violet, with rustic notes of thyme and dried rose petals, orange zest, and graphite, this wine is Italy in a glass. And, it dances beautifully with Sweet Grass Dairy’s porter washed farmhouse cheese, “Griffin.”
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Tenuta Caparzo is an estate in the Montalcino region of Tuscany particularly known for its Brunello di Montalcino red wines. It is one of the earliest single-vineyard wines in the region, and also one of the first to use barriques – the wine sees a year in smaller barrels then two years in French and Slavonian 3000-liter casks.
In total, Caparzo has around 90 hectares (220 acres) of vineyards in different locations within the appellation with a wide range of terroirs. The generic Brunello is drawn from across the estate and aged for three years in large casks. The Riserva is drawn from grapes selected personally by the winemaker and only made in the best years, and is aged in a similar way to the La Casa.
Carparzo make 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. The Cà del Pazzo is one of the first Supertuscans produced in the Montalcino region, beginning in 1982. Again produced only in the best vintages, it is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Caparzo and San Piero Caselle vineyards, aged in barriques.
Caparzo was founded in the late 1960s when a group of friends bought a ruined farm with vineyards and set about a program of complete replanting and renovation. In 1998, it was bought by Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, who also owns the neighboring Altesino, Borgo Scopeto in Chianti Classico, and a vineyard in the Maremma which produces the Morellino di Scansano La Doga delle Clavule.