2015 Capanna Rosso di Montalcino

SKU #1295578 92 points James Suckling

 An extremely flavorful red with plum and cherry character. Hints of bark with some rose petal, too. Full body, plenty of juicy fruit and a flavorful finish. Drink now.  (9/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A rich profile offers cherry, leather, earth and wild underbrush flavors. Elegant and complex, showing fine harmony and a long, graphite-tinged finish. Drink now through 2023. 3,300 cases made.  (10/2017)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2017 | Send Email
This is a user-friendly rosso. Bright fruit hit you first, black cherries, cassis and ripe strawberries, and then Tuscany starts to roll across your palate; the terroir takes on the rest of this wine, giving it a long finish that lingers. This baby Brunello needs an hour or so of breathing time.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
Capanna has long been one of my favorite producers from Montalcino so I wasn't the least bit surprised when this Rosso turned a few heads at our recent consumer tasting. If the Rosso di Montalcinos are any indication, 2015 looks to be a stellar vintage for Montalcino. Capanna has turned out a classic with rich, concentrated fruit, grippy acidity and a layer of tannins that together make this a baby Brunello for sure. This was one of the first estates to produce wine in Montalcino and remains one of the finest.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany