Arnaldo Caprai

Umbria, Italy

Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG — 2016

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  • Introduction

    • 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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
  • Vintage Report

    • Qualitatively very positive vintage: the white grape varieties have responded very well to a slightly delayed and stress-free year and reached optimal maturations both sugary and aromatic; the reds have given optimal results guaranteed by a slow and constant ripening The climate was particularly favorable for slow and optimal grape ripening, which preserves the aromas and acidity.

    • Harvest Date(s): October
  • Vinification

    • Aging: 22 months in French oak barriques; minimum 6 months aging in bottle
    • Barrel Aging: 22 months
    • Bottle Aging: 6 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sagrantino
    • Alcohol: 15.5%
    • TA: 5.2 g/L
    • p H: 3.9
    • RS: < 1 g/L
    • Optimum Drinking: 10-15 years
  • Tasting Notes

    • AROMA: Blackberry jam, pepper, clove, vanilla and balsamic notes

      TASTE: Powerful yet elegant; bold tannins hint at the ability for long aging.

    • Serving Suggestions: Roasted meat preferably one with a bit of fat content, game, beef stew



  • Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG — 2016 – Vinous – 93 Points

    Darkly alluring notes of plum and cherry sauce give way to balsamic spices and hints of mocha as the 2016 Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano blossoms in the glass. This is a deeply textural yet youthfully dense and poised expression, a wave of ripe black fruits, encased in a web of minerals, coasting along a core of brisk acids. Cooling hints of mint add lift through the massively structured finale, where sweet tobacco, baker’s chocolate and currants linger incredibly long...

  • Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG — 2016 – James Suckling – 91 Points

    Aromas of cassis, dark plums, incense and roasted nuts. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. Firm and dense with a chalky texture. Slightly dry finish.

  • Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG — 2016 – The Wine Advocate – 94 Points

    With a dark, full-bodied color and ripe aromas of blackberry preserves and dark marmalade, the 2016 Montefalco Sagrantino Collepiano packs a powerful punch at 15.5% alcohol. There are dustings of baking spice or bitter chocolate. Here is a full, big-bodied and brooding Sargrantino.