Arnaldo Caprai

Umbria, Italy

Montefalco Rosso DOC Riserva – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Embodies the bolder spirit of its little brother Montefalco Rosso, with a similar composition of Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot. The special vineyard sites and location for this wine rival textural and body characteristics of even the best Brunello di Montalcino.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Montefalco DOC
    • Cultivation: 100% sustainable
    • Vine Age: 25 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: 1993
  • Vintage Report

    • A qualitatively very positive vintage; the reds have given optimal results guaranteed by a slow and constant ripening.

  • Vinification

    • Aging: 20 months in French oak barriques
    • Bottle Aging: Minimum 6 months aging in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot
    • Alcohol: 15.5%
    • TA: 5.05 g/L
    • p H: 3.81
    • RS: <1 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bouquet of wild cherries preserved in spirits, chocolate, violets, vanilla and exotic spices. Full bodied and round, perfectly balanced with vibrant, velvety tannins.



  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso Riserva — 2016 – Decanter – 92 Points

    This displays much more wood influence. Strawberry and hedgerow berry aromas are joined by tobacco and wood notes, while the palate is juicy, intense yet fresh, with plump red and black berries and a herbal character on the mid-palate leading to a chocolatey finish. It's all nicely balanced by fresh, zingy acidity and ripe, chewy tannins.

  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso Riserva — 2016 – Vinous – 93 Points

    The 2016 Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso Riserva blends 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot to create a powerful but deeply alluring expression, showing crushed blackberry and cherry offset by spiced orange, with sweet and savory herbs, crushed stone and hints of animal musk. On the palate, soft textures envelop the senses, contrasted by tart red fruits, grippy minerality and fine tannins, yet for all of the youthful tension, there’s a cooling, subtle sweetness here that provides balance. The finish is long and structured, resonating on sweet herbs, with hints of mocha and tobacco...

  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso Riserva — 2016 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    Hints of herbed olive and loamy earth underscore the baked black cherry and pomegranate fruit in this tightly knit, medium- to full-bodied red, with firm, dusty tannins. Best from 2021 through 2026. 2,500 cases made, 450 cases imported.

  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso Riserva — 2016 – James Suckling – 95 Points

    Here’s a very floral and “postmodern” Montefalco that shows dried violets, lavender, bay leaf, pine cones and some dried meat. It’s still warm and hearty on the full-bodied palate, but bolstered by carefully wrought tannins and direct acidity. Drink from 2021.