Open your bottle of Caprili Brunello di Montalcino a couple of hours before you're ready to pour. Warning: the aromas may conjure hallucinations of rolling hills and a patchwork of vineyards, wheat fields and olive orchards, all under the most beautiful Tuscan sun. In the meantime, you can check on your leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic as it roasts to a delicious doneness. Or, make a ragu of cinghiale (wild boar) to go with a thick, hearty pappardelle. Set out some Marcona almonds to accompany your first glasses and the wonderful earthy side of this Caprili. An Italian sausage, prosciutto and arugala white pizza with lots of garlic will go beautifully with that same earthy side. And if you're not in a meaty mood, make it a portabella risotto and don't skimp on the good Parmesan. Looking for a reason to have another glass after all that? A platter of aged Gouda and some dried fruit is your answer. Buon Apetito winelovers!
Wine Enthusiast: "Savory and loaded with personality, this soulful red opens with aromas of mature wild berries, camphor, new leather and forest floor. Showing surprising freshness and remarkable balance for the hot vintage, the palate has an earthy elegance, featuring juicy Marasca cherry, blood orange, crushed mint, underbrush and star anise set against a backbone of firm, crushed-velvet tannins. Drink 2024–2029." Apr 2022
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The Caprili 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is lovely. The wine strikes that great balance of dark fruit, rose and tar that makes Brunello unique, and it doesn't have those rough edges or stemmy tannins that you see sometimes in this undeniably hot and dry vintage. This expression remains elegant but also generous, and that's not an easy intersection to reach. This is a standout wine from 2017, despite the challenges and the lower yields obtained this year. Drink 2024-2040." Feb 2022
Trade Notes: "The color is ruby red, shading into garnet. Aromas of berries, significant acidic bone and firm tannins. It is recommended to uncork the bottle a few hours before serving. Ideal with red meats, roasts, game and aged cheeses..."
|Aging||36 months in large Slavonian oak barrels; 12 months further refining in bottle|
|Region||Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy|