If you have yet to explore the Sagrantino grape and the wines of Montefalco, the Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso DOC is a great introduction.
Sample submitted for review. The Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso has an SRP of $23 and is available for as low as $17. Imported by Wilson Daniels LLC.
This wine is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot grapes. Dense in colour with burgundy and prurple tones, this wine offers intense aromas of plums and vanilla. In the mouth it is full-bodied, dry with light tannins and a juicy finish. Our Montefalco Rosso may be paired with an extraordinary range of dishes including poultry, red meats, veal, charcuterie and cheeses.
We’re huge fans of the Sagrantino grape. Unfortunately most of what is available here in the USA as a single variety is quite expensive. Montefalco Rosso, on the other hand, has a much lower cost. And while these wines only contain 10-15% Sagrantino (15% in the case of today’s wine), that seemingly small percentage makes its mark in a very good way.
The 2016 Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso opens with a wonderful, succulent aroma of sour black cherry, lots of violets, licorice, leather and spice. The wine tastes rustic yet soft and smooth and is full of tart fruit. This is a really delicious wine that is great on its own or with any kind of Italian fare. Licorice, leather and spice touches run throughout and lead into the dry, long finish. I love it!
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