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Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano 2008

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Densely colored, ruby red, almost black, which develops to garnet with the aging of the wine. Aromatically sensational, intense, with notes of mature fruit and hints of spice and aromas of vanilla transcended from the barriques. Potent, soft and velvety, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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JS 93
James Suckling
Very pretty depth of fruit here with currants, blackberries and lightly toasted oak character. Full body, with layered, velvety tannins and a long finish. Drink or hold.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
This is less intensely tannic than Caprai’s Venticinque Anni while still offering plenty of substance. The fruit is plummy and fresh, surrounded by sleek tannins that are mouth drying but not at all harsh. They leave a soft taste of umami, suited to braised oxtail or game.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Caprai’s 2008 Sagrantino Collepiano is a little softer and rounder then the 25 Anni, but I don’t view that as a negative, in fact if anything it makes the wine more approachable young. Varietal dark fruit, leather, tobacco and savory herbs all take shape in the glass, all supported by firm yet nicely balanced tannins. The Collepiano has really come along in the last few years and has established itself as a dual flagship offering in the range. In my view, the qualitative difference between the Collepiano and the 25 Anni isn’t as marked as it once was. These days I often have a slight preference for the Collepiano as it is less extracted and imposing than its far more famous sibling. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Aromatic, with hints of dried tea and incense, this brawny red layers grippy tannins with flavors of black olive, dried cherry, iron and bittersweet chocolate. Needs time or air to express its full potential. Best from 2016 through 2021.
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Arnaldo Caprai Val di Maggio

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Arnaldo Caprai Val di Maggio, Italy
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The family operation began in 1971 when textiles entrepreneur Arnaldo Caprai purchased 12.5 acres in Montefalco. In 1988, ownership passed on to Arnaldo’s son, Marco, who began the project to cultivate the promotion of the grape that has been growing in the Montefalco region for more than 400 years: Sagrantino. Today, the winery is the leading producer of top quality Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine produced exclusively from this native variety. In addition to its commitment to quality, Arnaldo Caprai is recognized for its dedication to environmental, economic and social sustainability, as well as being champions for the wines of Umbria.

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Centered upon the lush Apennine Range in the center if the Italian peninsula, Umbria is one of the few completely landlocked regions in Italy. It’s star red grape variety, Sagrantino, finds its mecca around the striking, hilltop village of Montefalco. The resulting wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco, is an age-worthy, brawny, brambly red, bursting with jammy, blackberry fruit and earthy, pine forest aromas. By law this classified wine has to be aged over three years before it can be released from the winery and Sagrantino often needs a good 5-10 more years in bottle before it reaches its peak. Incidentally these wines often fall under the radar in the scene of high-end, age-begging, Italian reds, giving them an almost cult-classic appeal. They are undoubtedly worth the wait!

Rosso di Montefalco, on the other had, is composed mainly of Sangiovese and is a more fruit-driven, quaffable wine to enjoy while waiting for the Sagrantinos to mellow out.

Among its green mountains, perched upon a high cliff in the province of Terni, sits the town of Orvieto. Orvieto, the wine, is a blend of at least 60% Trebbiano in combination with Grechetto, with the possible addition of other local white varieties. Orvieto is the center of Umbria’s white wine production—and anchor of the region’s entire wine scene—producing over two thirds of Umbria’s wine. A great Orvieto will have clean aromas and flavors of green apple, melon and citrus, and have a crisp, mineral-dominant finish.

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