A legendary vintage in Montalcino
GRAPE: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
FUNDAMENTALS: Organic, hands-off winemaking. Hand harvested, native yeast, stainless steel and cement fermentation. 3 years aging in Slavonian oak, followed by a year in bottle. 3,750 cases made.
PROFILE: Decant at least 2 hours. This big boy needs time to develop aromas of dried flowers, and notes of rusty cherry, black plum, leather, spice, cola nut, mint and a whisper of smoke.
PAIRINGS: Lamb, wild boar, sausage, mushroom-Parmigiano risotto
FUN FACTS: This is drinking beautifully now, but will age gracefully reaching full potential staring in 2024. Vintage report from wine pros around the interwebs:
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate (95 points): "The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino makes a great first impression thanks to the purity and intensity of the fruit. Those two things—purity and intensity—can sometimes be uncomfortable bedfellows, but this expression from Caprili unites them in happy marriage. The bouquet opens to bright red fruit, cola, chopped mint and blue flower. There is a lot of beautiful energy on hand. The wine is smooth and silky, giving it both near and long-term appeal. Drink 2024-2040." - Reviewed Nov 2020
Antonio Galloni's Vinousn (94 points): "An initial burst of medicinal red fruits and exotic spice evolves into a more refined expression of dusty roses, cedar and wild strawberries, as the 2016 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino unfolds in the glass. The textures are silky in feel, contrasted by an intense wave of tart berries and salty minerals, all carried across a core of zesty acids. This shows the radiance of the 2016 vintage, along with rounded tannins which add poise without ever robbing the expression of its vibrancy, culminating in a totally classic and fully satisfying finale. Drink 2024-2034." - Reviewed Nov 2020
James Suckling (94 points): "Plenty of floral and plum character with some sour-cherry and smoke undertones. It’s full and chewy, yet polished and proper. Chewy at the end, suggesting that two or three years of bottle age will soften it and bring it together. Try after 2024." - Reviewed Oct 2020