Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG – 2015
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 (30 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 late winter and spring were initially very cold, but then reverted to normal with regular alternations of rain and sunny periods. From July to August, the summer alternated between high temperatures and cooler, rainy periods. The day-night temperature variations were always optimal. After an initially rainy period, September became dry with pleasant temperatures, favorable for the ripening of red grapes, giving strong wines, intense colors and elevated levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols.
- Aging: 22 months in French oak barriques; minimum 6 months aging in bottle
- Barrel Aging: 22 months
- Bottle Aging: 6 months
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sagrantino
- Alcohol: 15%
- TA: 5.3 g/L
- p H: 3.8
- RS: < 1 g/L
- Optimum Drinking: 10-15 years
This rich Sagrantino has aromas of blackberry jam, pepper, clove, vanilla and balsamic notes. Powerful yet elegant; bold tannins hint at the ability for long aging. Pair with roasted meat, preferably one with a bit of fat content, game and beef stew.
Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG — 2015 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points
Delicate pine and marjoram aromatics lace flavors of plumped black cherry and wile strawberry fruit in this dense, full-bodied red. Tightly meshed, with accents of graphite, licorice and ground pink peppercorn. Give this time to unfurl.
Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG – 2015 – James Suckling – 92 Points
This is a plush, ripe red with dried plums and notes of tar and ash, as well as a touch of menthol. Full-bodied and ripe, but structured and dialed-in. Decadent on the finish. With a tad less alcohol, this would score even more highly. Drink from 2023.
Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG – 2015 -Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points
Aromas of dark-skinned berries, toasted oak and underbrush lead the nose. The spicy, structured palate offers dried black cherry, black pepper, tobacco and clove alongside tight, close-grained tannins. Drink 2022–2029.
Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG — 2015 – Wine Advocate – 93 Points
The 2015 Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano benefits from more stringent fruit selection. "We are limited to only the best fruit for this wine, and we changed the way we pick with multiple harvests," says Marco Caprai. This warm and sunny vintage has shaped a generous and inviting wine that is opulent, bold and rich all at once. This wine offers ample power, yet it's not as bruising as past vintages I remember. The 2015 vintage flaunts its curvy physique.