In a nutshell: A superb, age worthy Brunello di Montalcino from the very good 2016 vintage.
The lowdown: The relatively small wine region of Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany sits amongst the world's most prestigious with quality only getting and better over the last few decades. Following the top 2015 vintage is the equally impressive 2016 vintage that has produced wines with incredible age worthy potential. Caparzo is one of the original 13 Brunello wineries and, almost uniquely, has vineyards in all the best areas giving their Brunello a real expression of the region. This wine comes from the vineyards of Carpazo, La Caduta, Il Cassero, and San Piero Caselle and after fermentation has spent 3 years in large Slavonian and French oak barrels before several months in bottle before release. Ruby in colour with expressive aromas of wild berry fruit with floral hints, and earthy, minerally notes. The palate is dry, broad and firm with great structure and complexity, grippy, persistent tannins and a long length.
93/100 - Eric Guido (Vinous)
When to drink: Will keep well into the 2030s. If drinking now then decant for at least 2 hours beforehand.
First established in 1970 by a group of friends who combined a dilapidated farm with some adjacent vineyards in Tuscany's Montalcino region and set about replanting the vines and renovating the buildings and building themselves a name. The estate was later purchased in 1998 by Elisabetta Gnudi Angeli, owner of other Tuscan estates, who felt there was a lot of unrealised potential here and under her leadership Caparzo's reputation has continued to grow.
In all there are 90 hectares of vineyards, 9 of which are designated for Brunello di Montalcino, across some of the best sites in Montalcino. And with winemaker Massimo Bracalente as part of the team Caparzo are firmly established as one of Montalcino's best players.