Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
COLOR: ruby red, tending to garnet red with ageing.
BOUQUET: penetrating, very full and varied, reminiscent
of wild berries.
FLAVOR: dry, warm, full-bodied, harmonious, delicate
and austere at the same time, persistent.
FOOD COMBINATION: roasts, grilled, spit-roast or braised
meats, game, ripe cheeses
"Plum and ripe berry notes, with hints of strawberry jam, follow through to a full body, with a solid core of ripe fruit, chewy yet polished tannins and a long finish. This is deep and rich. Best after 2012. 8,335 cases made."
"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is surprisingly dark in profile for this bottling. A sweet, Pinot-like bouquet leads to perfumed black cherries, spices, licorice and tobacco. This mid-weight, graceful Brunello offers gorgeous balance, with an expressive core of fruit that flows through to a long, refined close. The 2005 is one of best versions of this wine I have tasted in some time. In 2005 the estate did not make either their Riserva (usually a selection of barrels in the cellar) or their La Casa single-vineyard selection, and the addition of that fruit here undoubtedly contributes to the wine's overall sense of harmony. The rest of the fruit was sourced from the Il Cassero and Caparzo vineyards. Though not a blockbuster, this is a very elegant Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
The Wine Advocate
"Clean and elegant with polished tannins and a silky texture. Caparzo makes some of the nicest Brunello you will find in the USA. This vintage is characterized by bright berry tones and a lean but elegant feel in the mouth."
"Muted behind the coffee scents of oak, this wine lasts on tart cherry fruit. The fruit itself is simple; the interest lies in the tannins, where a seashell minerality suggest complexities to come. Clean, rich and relatively subdued, this needs several years to show its best."
Wine & Spirits
Big & Bold
Very nice after a short decant. Lighter body, but bold fruit, tannins, and acidity make it a great wine with Italian food.
Bought 3 bottles and wish I'd bought more, as it's now unavailable. A smooth Brunello worth the 30 bucks.
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The name of the estate apparently derives from Ca' Pazzo, as shown on some ancient maps. The estate covers an area of 190 hectares, 54 of which are vineyards, 4 are of olive groves, 87 of which are wooded and 45 of which are to be planted with new vines. Caparzo is the only estate-bottled producer of Brunello di Montalcino to have estate vineyards on all five sides of the hill of...
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One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...
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