Caparzo Rosso Toscano
A generous wine that opens with a hint of violets and follows through with sour cherry and red fruit aromas accented by vanilla, cloves and sage. Full yet not heavy on the palate, this wine is extremely well balanced featuring notes of ripe red fruit, a soft hint of oak and unbelievably sexy, silky tannins.
$17.00 / Bottle $204.00 / Case
We like to think of this wine as a "mini-Brunello". Actually more like a "mini-Brunello" in a "Super-Tuscan" style. Take away the trendy wine marketing phrases and what you get is a really good blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Colorino. That makes it a bit easier now doesn’t it?
The winemaker samples wine from a barrel using a clever item called a "wine thief" which is actually a large glass pipette.
Tenuta Caparzo (the name seems to originate from Ca' Pazzo, as the location was named on several ancient maps) had a humble start in 1968 with 1 acre of Sangiovese vines in the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
Today, Signora Gnudi-Angelini’s estate covers an area of 470 acres, including 200 acres of vineyards, 10 acres of olive groves, 34 acres of cultivated fields and over 200 acres of wild woodlands.
Tenuta Caparzo is renowned for its Brunello di Montalcino including a regular bottling, a Riserva and ‘La Casa’, a single vineyard Brunello Montalcino.
Brunello is the local name for Sangiovese in the Montalcino and actually refers to a specific clone of Sangiovese Grosso. There are many different clones of Sangiovese grown in Italy, and Tenuta Caparzo has done extensive experimentation with different clones on their many different vineyard sites in order to find the best match between clone and individual terroir.
Even though the cellar boasts stainless steel tanks and the most advanced wine-making equipment, traditional methods of vinification are maintained at Caparzo. Their Rosso, which we’re featuring here, is vinified in the stainless steel tanks.
After the different varietals are vinified (separately so ensure each is harvested at its prime) the final blend is aged for four months in large Slavonian oak casks, each holding 5000 - 8000 litres. The influence of oak on the wine is very discreet and gentle.
Serve this versatile wine with meats, hearty pasta dishes, and hard cheeses.