James Suckling 92
“Ripe plums, dried lavender, basil, tar, licorice and hot stones show here on the nose. Medium to full body, fresh acidity, round yet tight tannins and a fruity finish.” James Suckling, October 20, 2017
BACKGROUND: Montefalco Rosso embodies a great bond between the wine and the area of Montefalco. It is produced from Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot, which epitomizes the character and identity championed by the Arnaldo Caprai winery.
APPELLATION: Montefalco Rosso DOC
FIRST VINTAGE PRODUCED: 1971
SIZE: 25 hectares
VINE AGE: 25 years
SOIL Limestone, clay
ELEVATION: Rolling hills, 650-985 feet above sea level with eastern exposure
DENSITY: 5,500 vines/acre
TRAINING: Spurred cordon
HARVEST MONTHS: Sangiovese: end of September Sagrantino: first week of October
HARVEST NOTES: Very dry July and August with a good water reserve due to a solid rain during spring time. September and Ocotber in the average. Good vintage with a great freshness.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot
FERMENTATION: 15 days in stainless-steel; indigenous yeast; 100%malolactic fermentation
AGING: 12 months in French oak barriques; minimum 6 months aging in bottle
RS: Less than 1%
TOTAL PRODUCED: 180,000
AGING POTENTIAL: 6-8 years
TASTING NOTES: Sensationally intense, with notes of wild flowers, violet and red berry jam. Full bodied, rich, dry with a long finish and delicate hint of spice.
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The family operation began in 1971 when textiles entrepreneur Arnaldo Caprai purchased 12.5 acres in Montefalco. In 1988, ownership passed on to Arnaldo's son, Marco, who began the project to cultivate the promotion of the grape that has been growing in the Montefalco region for more than 400 years: Sagrantino. Today, the winery is the leading producer of top quality Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine produced exclusively from this native variety. In addition to its commitment to quality, Arnaldo Caprai is recognized for its dedication to environmental, economic and social sustainability, as well as being champions for the wines of Umbria.