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2015 Rosso di Montalcino 'La Caduta', Caparzo

2015 Rosso di Montalcino 'La Caduta', Caparzo

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Caparzo's 'basic' Rosso is a great Chianti alternative for us, but their 'La Caduta' is a real step up again - closer to Brunello territory. A 7.5 hectare vineyard designated cru to the south of Montalcino at 250-300m, cooled by sea breezes. Hand-harvested Sangiovese, slow fermented on skins for added depth, finished in oak to age for a decade or more.

Established in 1970, Caparzo is one of Montalcino's 30 historic wineries, and is amongst those that contributed to the fame of Brunello di Montalcino. Purchased by the current owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini in 1998 after a period of dilapidation, she was determined to grow, improve and develop this estate back to its former glory. Investment in the vineyard, modernisation in the winery and the help of winemaker Massimo Bracalente have all ensured that Caparzo is now back where it belongs as one of the region’s top producers. The estate covers an area of 190 hectares, 85 of which are vineyards, and is the only estate-bottled Brunello producer to have estate vineyards on all five sides of the hill of Montalcino, ensuring that no matter what climatic challenges effect one side, the other vineyards will more than compensate – which side of the hill one has one’s vineyards can be a huge factor in certain vintages.

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