Arnaldo Caprai

Umbria, Italy

Montefalco Rosso – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Montefalco Rosso embodies a great bond between the wine and the area of Montefalco. It is produced from Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot, which epitomizes the character and identity championed by the Arnaldo Caprai winery.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Montefalco Rosso DOC
    • Size: 25 hectares
    • Vine Age: 25 years
    • Soil: Limestone, clay
    • Elevation: Rolling hills, 650-985 feet above sea level with eastern exposure
    • Density: 5,500 vines/hectare (2,227 vines/acre)
    • Training: Spurred cordon
    • First Year of Production: 1971
  • Vintage Report

    • July and August were dry and hot. The good water reserve avoids physiological problems. September and October ensured the optimal maturation of the grapes thanks to normal temperatures and short storms. This lead to a particularly interesting and complex year.

    • Harvest Date(s): Sangiovese: end of September; Sagrantino: first week of October
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 15 days in stainless-steel; indigenous yeast; 100% malolactic fermentation
    • Aging: 12 months in French oak barriques; minimum 6 months aging in bottle
    • Filtration: Yes
    • Fining: No
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.1%
    • p H: 3.68
    • RS: Less than 1%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Sensationally intense, with notes of wild flowers, violet and red berry jam. Full bodied, rich, dry with a long finish and delicate hint of spice.

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Reviews

  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso – 2016 – James Suckling – 91 Points

    Very powerful and tannic with ripe blackberry and elderberry aromas. This has good enough harmony to be good with cassoulet and other hearty winter dishes.

  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso – 2016 – Wine & Spirits – 90 Points

    A blend of sangiovese with 15 percent each of sagrantino and merlot, this wine has dense flavors of dark plum and bitter chocolate brightened by notes of leafy herbs and juicy red cherry.

  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso – 2016 – The Wine Advocate – 90 Points

    The bouquet on the 2016 Montefalco Rosso is very floral and bright with aromas of wild rose and lavender that feel etched and pronounced in this vintage. The Sangiovese element was slightly reduced in this blend, and the Sagrantino component does come through loud and clear. I notice it especially in the firmness and tightness of the mouthfeel.

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