Arnaldo Caprai Spinning Beauty Montefalco Sagrantino, DOCG – 2009 – Vinous – 95 Points
The nose of the 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Spinning Beauty is more lifted and precise than the 2010 and 2008 beside it, showing a gorgeous mix of dusty florals and mineral-encased black cherry with hints of white smoke and savory herbs, in an expression that seems both sweet and savory. Here I’m finding silky textures that coat the palate in a mix of ripe berries, chalky minerals and wild herbs, as cool-toned acids add lift, leaving saturating spice and fine tannins. It’s wonderfully persistent, structured, yet also fresh, showing elegance and balance, but also with the stuffing to age beautifully for the next two decades. The 2009 is a big yet classy Sagrantino, where a deft hand in the cellar perfectly matched its oak influence (eight years!) to the style of the vintage. Wow.