ARNALDO CAPRAI, COLLEPIANO, MONTEFALCO SAGRANTINO

 

UMBRIA, ITALY 2011

 

 

Today, Montefalco is at the forefront of the indigenous wine grape revolution. Sitting land locked, in a sea of Italian states, Umbria has captured the heart of wine lovers everywhere with their Sagrantino, the most exciting and sought-after wine in the region. This muscular Umbrian wine from the village of Montefalco has become a cult favorite among sommeliers and is a perfect go to for those looking for a bold new powerhouse red. Even at the banquet prepared by celebrity chef Massimo Bottura for former President Barack Obama in Tuscany, the lineup of prized Italian wines was impressive - Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, the world renowned Sassicaia, and of course the feature of our offer today, Sagrantino. Perhaps this little known indigenous grape is not so little after all. Just as the 'Super Tuscan' hit international acclaim in the 1990's, Sagrantino is quickly becoming the new collectible, and for good reason. An utterly captivating variety that has been cultivated in the region for hundreds of years, this grape produces painstakingly low yields, hence a very limited production to go along with its extraordinarily complex character and ultra-tannic, robust frame. Even its price point is competing at the level of the wine elite, with a bottle of Arnaldo Caprai's 25 Anni 2010 fetching $100 and their Spinning Beauty 2006 reaching $300. But for today's offer, we're offering something a little more palatable from this maven of industry, Arnaldo Caprai.
 

Textiles entrepreneur, Arnaldo Caprai purchased 12.5 acres in Montefalco in 1971. In 1988, Arnaldo passed the reins on to his son, Marco, who has turned the winery into the leading producer of top quality Sagrantino di Montefalco. He has led technological innovation and scientific research in the indigenous grapes of the region along with building brand recognition around the globe. The Sagrantino grape has been growing in the Montefalco region for more than 400 years, but over time, the wine nearly disappeared from the vineyards. Largely due to Caprai's pioneering work with the varietal and research in improving quality in clonal selection, vineyard management and winemaking practices, we are lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Today we're featuring his 2011 Collepiano Sagrantino - a wine that represents the renaissance of the wine region and its most prized varietal, Sagrantino. The grapes sourced for this incredible bottling come from vines planted in limestone and clay soils, at an elevation of 650-985 ft. It is aged for 22 months in French oak barrique and aged in bottle for an additional 6 months. Though his wines are known for their power and finesse, there is a softness and liveliness that allows this wine to be drunk much younger, though it will age beautifully for another 10-15 years. For one week, we're offering 15% off on bottle one, and at a more budget friendly price point than most 100% Sagrantino on the market, this is an offer you don't want to miss! 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in August 2018. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in KY, NM, NY, TN and WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, April 8, 2018.