2016 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscana, Italy – WS96

2016 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscana, Italy – WS96




The origins of the place named Caparzo are still unknown. According to some, the name is derived, as shown by ancient maps, from Ca’ Pazzo; according to others, the term should derive from the Latin Caput Arsum, indicating “a place touched by sun”.

The first vintage of Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo dates back to 1970, years in which the situation of the denomination was totally different from the current one. At the time, in fact, there were only 13 wineries in Montalcino, and this figure places Caparzo among the historic companies in the production of Brunello. The peculiarity of Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo is certainly the origin of Sangiovese.

In 1998, 30 years after the first rows of vines were planted, the farm estate came to a turning point when Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini purchased Caparzo. With the help of her son, Igino, and daughter, Alessandra, she immediately carried out her objective: combining tradition with innovation to create a high-quality wine that is the expression of an excellent territory.

The company, in fact, is one of the very few wineries in Montalcino that boasts the ownership of vineyards in the different geographical areas of the production territory. What might seem like a simple detail actually turns out to be an important plus, since thanks to the different positions of the vineyards Caparzo can make the most of the different microclimates and terroirs present in Montalcino. The grapes harvested in the vineyards distributed throughout the territory are carefully selected, in order to create the premises for a complex wine that combines all the characteristics that make Brunello one of the most appreciated wines in the world.

“Ripe, sweet cherry and raspberry fruit are accented by floral, mineral and wild herbs in this alluring red. A backbone of dense, dusty tannins provides support, and the ripe fruit returns on the savory finish. Excellent length. Best from 2023 through 2043….” – 96 points, Wine Spectator (June 30, 2021)


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