Arnaldo Caprai

Umbria, Italy

Montefalco Rosso — 2017

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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

    • A vintage that will be remembered for a strong return of cold towards the end of April. Summer will instead be one of the hottest and driest of the century. Some isolated but abundant rainy events guarantee the harvest of grapes with optimal characteristics. Small quantities of grape but very good quality. The vintage will be interesting for the medium-late varieties like Sangiovese that will be able to enjoy the mild temperatures of September.

    • 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: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.1%
    • p H: 3.70
    • 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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  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso — 2017 – James Suckling – 92 Points

    Dried cherries, roasted herbs, dried red plums, tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied and plush but reserved and elegant. Drink from 2021.

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