Wow, wow, wow! This is a Brunello for the Ages from a fairytale vintage. Holding true to its varietal correctness and terroir, this Brunello leans towards a more modern and forward winemaking style. No wonder James Suckling rates it a 97 point wine. Interesting to know that this vineyard dates to the 1100's AD and is currently owned by Ferragamo.
This Brunello di Montalcino originates from Capanna vineyard, located in the north-west area of Montalcino. The peculiar characteristics of this vineyard, such as the natural isolation along with the altitude and the type of soil, which shows presence of clay shale and marl (Galestro rock), give to this prestigious wine a refined elegance as well as great personality.
The 2015 vintage
The 2015 harvest, was a textbook vintage in terms of the climate and the exceptional quality of the grapes. July and August were hot and dry, and the soil’s water reserves, which accumulated in the spring, helped to counteract the heat, leading to a superb vintage, which benefited from day-night temperature swings in September, hence the perfect ripening of the berries. The coolness of the weeks in the run-up to the harvest resulted in the perfect concentration of the aromas and ideal tannic maturation. The hand-picked grapes were healthy and integral, boasting small bunches and sparse berries, while the sugar content and acidity were exceptional.
The harvesting of grapes to make Brunello di Montalcino began on 19 September, earlier than previous years. The variety of soils and altitude of the vineyards enabled an excellent blending of the grapes vaunting different qualities.
Complexity, superb structure, and an inviting, mouth-filling palate are the hallmarks of this Sangiovese grown in the 42-hectare Capanna vineyard facing towards the Mediterranean sea. A garnet-flecked ruby red, it releases generous, emphatic fragrances classic to Sangiovese, developing a near-endless progression notable for its beautiful balance.
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Harvest period: Last weeks of September – Beginning of October
Soil profile: Presence of clay shale and gravel-pebble
Elevation: 350-400 metres
Training system: Guyot
Vineyard density: 5,000 vines/ha
Vineyard yield: 50 q/ha
Vinification: 18 days in steel tanks, at a temperature of 28°C.
Maturation: 24 months in French oak