Caparzo, La Casa, Brunello di Montalcino 2017 (Italy)
Producer Notes: Caparzo's Brunello di Montalcino La Casa can be considered a true enological gem, and not just in terms of Montalcino. La Casa derives its name from having been the farm where some of the tenant farmers who worked for the owners of Palazzo Montosoli, which is at a distance of a few hundred meters, lived. The first vintage of Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa was produced in 1977. At the time little was known of terroir, and little attention was paid to the concept of zonation, which had only recently been introduced to Montalcino. In this case Caparzo was once again a pace setter, producing a "Single Vineyard" Brunello from one of the finest vineyards in the Appellation. With Brunello di Montalcino La Casa, Caparzo also was one of the first wineries to introduce barriques to Montalcino, producing a wine with an polite, elegant spirit. Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa is the fruit of a unique terroir, and expresses all of Caparzo's passion and experience in producing excellent wines
Wine Spectator, 94 Points: An intense, muscular red hallmarked by black currant, black cherry, stony mineral and sanguine flavors. Reveals a meaty character midpalate, with sinewy yet refined tannins holding court on the finish. Fine balance and length. Best from 2025 through 2042.
Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points: Aromas of woodland berries, rose and camphor waft out of the glass. The smooth, elegant palate offers ripe Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and a hint of ground clove. Fine-grained tannins provide gentle support before a rather drying close.
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