Wine Advocate 94
With a dark, full-bodied color and ripe aromas of blackberry preserves and dark marmalade, the 2016 Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano packs a powerful punch at 15.5% alcohol. There are dustings of baking spice or bitter chocolate. Here is a full, big-bodied and brooding Sargrantino. Monica Larner, July 2021
Darkly alluring notes of plum and cherry sauce give way to balsamic spices and hints of mocha as the 2016 Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano blossoms in the glass. This is a deeply textural yet youthfully dense and poised expression, a wave of ripe black fruits, encased in a web of minerals, coasting along a core of brisk acids. Cooling hints of mint add lift through the massively structured finale, where sweet tobacco, baker’s chocolate and currants linger incredibly long...Eric Guido, August 2021
James Suckling 91
Aromas of cassis, dark plums, incense and roasted nuts. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. Firm and dense with a chalky texture. Slightly dry finish. James Suckling, July 2021
Collepiano represents the renaissance of Montefalco as a wine region and Sagrantino as a unique variety grown only in Montefalco. Collepiano is Sagrantino’s area of production at Caprai. The name recalls the gentle slopes that characterize these hills.
Appellation: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
Cultivation: 100% sustainable
Size: 12 ha (30 acres)
Vine Age: 40 years
Soil: Limestone, clay
Elevation: 250 meters (820 feet)
Density: 5,500 vines/hectare (2,227 vines/acre)
Training: Spurred cordon
First Year of Production: 1979
Qualitatively very positive vintage: the white grape varieties have responded very well to a slightly delayed and stress-free year and reached optimal maturations both sugary and aromatic; the reds have given optimal results guaranteed by a slow and constant ripening The climate was particularly favorable for slow and optimal grape ripening, which preserves the aromas and acidity.
Harvest Date(s): October
Aging: 22 months in French oak barriques; minimum 6 months aging in bottle
Barrel Aging: 22 months
Bottle Aging: 6 months
Varietal Composition: 100% Sagrantino
TA: 5.2 g/L
p H: 3.9
RS: < 1 g/L
Optimum Drinking: 10-15 years
AROMA: Blackberry jam, pepper, clove, vanilla and balsamic notes
TASTE: Powerful yet elegant; bold tannins hint at the ability for long aging.
Serving Suggestions: Roasted meat preferably one with a bit of fat content, game, beef stew
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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.