Wine Advocate 90
The bouquet on the 2016 Montefalco Rosso is very floral and bright with aromas of wild rose and lavender that feel etched and pronounced in this vintage. The Sangiovese element was slightly reduced in this blend, and the Sagrantino component does come through loud and clear. I notice it especially in the firmness and tightness of the mouthfeel. Monica Larner, October 17, 2019
Wine & Spirits 90
A blend of sangiovese with 15 percent each of sagrantino and merlot, this wine has dense flavors of dark plum and bitter chocolate brightened by notes of leafy herbs and juicy red cherry. Stephanie Johnson, January 22, 2020
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
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/hectare (2,227 vines/acre)
Training: Spurred cordon
First Year of Production: 1971
July and August were dry and hot. The good water reserve avoids physiological problems. September and October ensured the optimal maturation of the grapes thanks to normal temperatures and short storms. This lead to a particularly interesting and complex year.
Harvest Date(s): Sangiovese: end of September; Sagrantino: first week of October
Fermentation: 15 days in stainless-steel; indigenous yeast; 100 malolactic fermentation
Aging: 12 months in French oak barriques; minimum 6 months aging in bottle
Varietal Composition: 70 Sangiovese, 15 Sagrantino, 15 Merlot
p H: 3.68
RS: Less than 1
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.