In a nutshell: A warm and generous Tuscan red from the hills of Montalcino south of Siena.
The lowdown: Rosso di Montalcino can be thought of as the younger sibling of the famous Brunello di Montalcino. It comes from the same region, is made from the same grape (called Brunello in these parts, but actually a specific clone of Sangiovese) and, because it doesnt have the same price tag, can be a very good value wine. At Caparzo their Rosso is a wine that certainly falls in this bracket. The fruit is sourced from their own vineyards which stretch across the Montalcino region and the separate lots are blended together after fermentation. The resulting wine has a dark ruby red colour and quite seductive aromas of violets, cherries and a toch of orange peel. On the palate there's lot of fresh red fruits and creamy tannins giving it brilliant balance and structure before signing off with a fruity mouthwatering finish.
When to drink: A versatile and mouthwatering companion to red meats, tomato based pasta dishes and mature cheeses.
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.