Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG – 2012
Collepiano represents the renaissance of Montefalco as a wine region and Sagrantino as a unique variety grown only in Montefalco. Collepiano is Sagrantino’s area of production at Caprai. The name recalls the gentle slopes that characterize these hills.
- Appellation: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
- Cultivation: 100% sustainable
- Size: 12 ha (29.64 acres)
- Vine Age: 40 years
- Soil: Limestone, clay
- Elevation: 250 meters (820 feet)
- Density: 5,500 vines/hectare (2,227 vines/acre)
- Training: Spurred cordon
- First Year of Production: 1979
The vintage experienced a significant water shortage starting in March, which was then balanced out by rainfall during the spring months. Subsequent heat waves were moderated by new rainfalls, keeping the plants in balance and preventing excessive sugar accumulation. Harvesting of Sagrantino grapes began in the second week of October and resulted in wines with excellent complexity, aromatic qualities, and polyphenolic structure. The wines are also quite complex after fermentation, with medium to high alcohol levels and intense aromas.
- Aging: 22 months in French oak barriques; minimum 6 months aging in bottle
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sagrantino
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 5.41 g/L
- RS: < 1 g/L
This wine has bold flavors of ripe red fruits like plums, blackcurrant, and pepper. It has a full body with smooth, velvety tannins, a beautiful texture, and finishes elegantly and for a long time.
Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG – 2012 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points
Appealing notes of star anise and lavender accent the flavors of crushed black cherry, Kalamata olive and date in this elegant, full-bodied red. Finely meshed, with supple tannins firming the mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2020 through 2028.