UMBRIA, ITALY 2016
Just as Super Tuscans hit international acclaim in the 1990s, Sagrantino from Montefalco has quickly become a hot collectible, cult-favorite red for sommeliers and wine lovers in the know. Sagrantino’s ascent to popularity 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 put Umbria’s wine village of Montefalco at the forefront of the indigenous wine grape revolution and the village is now one of the most exciting regions in the world.
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 extraordinarily complex character and robust, velvety 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 2016 ‘Collepiano’ and 2016 Montefalco Rosso Riserva offer incredible value for those of you looking to add this 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 fully 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.
The 2016 vintage allowed for a long, slow ripening and the resulting wines combine richness and power with a beautiful streak of balancing acidity. The ‘Collepiano’ is 100% Sagrantino, aged 22 months in French oak, with a profile of blackberry jam, pepper, clove and vanilla. The Montefalco Rosso Riserva is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 15% Merlot that aged 20 months in French oak; the wine’s aromas and flavors weave nuances of cherry cordial, chocolate, violet, and vanilla. Full of power and finesse, there is a liveliness in the wines that would allow both to be drunk younger, although we expect both will age beautifully over the next two decades. With budget-friendly price points compared to other Sagrantino on the market, this offer is one that calls for stocking up.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2021-2022. 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 MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, September 16, 2021.