ARNALDO CAPRAI, COLLEPIANO, MONTEFACLO SAGRANTINO
UMBRIA, ITALY 2015
The ascent of Sagrantino has been remarkable to witness over the last few decades, rising from a historically obscure local variety to finding a place alongside the great “noble” grapes of Italy, including Tuscany’s Sangiovese and Piedmont’s Nebbiolo. Powerful and muscular, Sagrantino has clearly put Umbria’s wine village of Montefalco at the forefront of the indigenous wine grape revolution and is now one of the most exciting and sought-after regions in the world. Just as Super Tuscans hit international acclaim in the 1990s, Sagrantino from Montefalco has quickly become the hot collectible, cult-favorite red for sommeliers and wine-lovers in the know. At the center of Montefalco’s new found position is Arnaldo Caprai, the acknowledged leader in the production of top quality Sagrantino, whose bottlings are easily recognized as essential must-haves for cellars—if you can find them. Sagrantino’s painstakingly low yields lead to extremely limited production, which combined with its extraordinary complex character and robust tannins have price points now competing at the level of the wine elite. With Caprai’s flagship “25 Anni” consistently priced at $100 a bottle, today’s sub-$50, 2015 “Collepiano” offers incredible value for those of you looking to add this in-demand, cellar-worthy variety to your collection.
In 1971, entrepreneur Arnaldo Caprai purchased 12.5 acres in Montefalco and in 1988 passed on the reins to his son Marco. Working with the University of Milan, Marco has led technological innovation and scientific research in the indigenous grapes of the region as well as building brand recognition across the globe. By 1992, Sagrantino di Montefalco was officially recognized under the prestigious DOCG. Although Sagrantino has been growing in the region for more than 400 years, Marco’s pioneering work in clonal selection, vineyard management and winemaking practices now allow us to realize and enjoy the potential the variety has always offered. Sagrantino grape bunches are small and the berries have thick skins, resulting in wines that are some of the boldest in all of Italy. Today’s wine comes from Collepiano, an area of gentle hills from the Caprai estate that represents the renaissance of Montefalco as a wine region, with 1979 being the first vintage of this 100% Sagrantino. The grapes are meticulously selected and sourced from vines 40 years old planted in limestone and clay soils at an elevation of 820 feet and matured for 22 months in French oak barriques, with an additional 6 months ageing in bottle.
Full of power and finesse, there is a liveliness that allows the wine to be drunk much younger, although it will age beautifully over the next two decades. The warm and sunny 2015 also provided opulence and richness, making this a plush wine full of flavors such as blackberry jam, pepper, clove and vanilla. Powerful yet elegant and decadent on the finish, this would deliciously pair with roasted meats and hearty stews. For one week only, we’re offering special Concierge pricing with up to 21% off when purchasing six or more bottles. With a budget friendly price point compared to other Sangrantino on the market, this is one to stock up on as you’ll want to come back to this again and again.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2020. 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 IL, LA, MO, NM, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, July 12, 2020.