This stunning Brunello Riserva was truly born in the vineyard, starting with the 1980 vintage. It is only produced in the finest vintages, from grapes selected personally by winemaker Massimo Bracalente. They are sourced from Caparzo’s top cru in the northern part of the Montalcino appellation at 720 feet above sea level, and a small plot from the southern part of the hill at 885 feet. Both sites are planted on sandy-stony soils with south-southeastern-facing rows, intended to increase the ripeness of the Sangiovese Grosso clusters without creating thick skins.
During hand-harvesting there is a rigorous selection to identify the best clusters for Brunello, and the grapes are sorted again in the cellar using optical measures to capture only the highest quality berries. Fermentation then takes place in custom stainless steel tanks, created to maximize extraction without pulling overly-harsh skin tannins. Primary fermentation lasts ~7 days, followed by delestage to increase the fruit profile and aromatics of the Riserva. The wine is aged in large Slavonian oak for at least 24 months before bottling, then in bottle for at least 6 months before initial release. This 2011 vintage has been perfectly-aged over the last 10 years, and is drinking with incredible freshness and power now yet has the potential to age for another 25 years.
95 points, Jeb Dunnuck – “Incredibly polished and elegant, with gorgeous black cherry, asphalt, spice and licorice aromas and flavors, the 2011 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva is full-bodied, seamless and silky on the palate. Possessing no hard edges, sweet tannin, and a beautiful finish, this 100% Sangiovese is just singing today, yet I suspect it will easily keep for another 10-15 years. This is a straight-up gorgeous wine.”