We have been excited about doing this tasting for a few months now, an educational tasting highlighting backvintages of Caparzo’s single vineyard Brunello: La Casa! If you love Italian wine or if you know nothing at all and want to do a deeper dive into one of my favorite wine regions on the planet, then this is the tasting for you.
The lineup is below with the stars of the show being the 2000, 2004 and 2011 vintages of La Casa.
We will also be deviating from the standard charcuterie board, which is designed to pair with a wide range of wines. Instead, we will focus on small bites that will showcase the wines of the evening. So get signed up and be prepared for a great evening diving into the world of Brunello!
2010 Altemasi Millesimato Brut Trentodoc | $44.99
From the hillsides of Trentino comes Altemasi Millesimato Trento DOC: one of the finest sparkling wines from Italy. Made using the traditional Metodo Classico, Chardonnay grapes are hand-selected, de-stemmed and crushed before undergoing weekly bâtonage during fermentation. Second fermentation occurs in the bottle and wine is aged on the lees for at least 36 months. The result is a pleasantly crisp, well-balanced wine
2016 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino | $45.99
96 points | Wine Spectator
Highest rated Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino!! Prior to acquiring the Altesino estate, Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini purchased Caparzo in 1998. The property includes 28 hectares designated for Brunello and this estate bottling amalgamates vineyards from four distinct areas with different exposures and soils. The 2016 is charming with a delicate lightness and lively brightness. Violet, rosemary and liquorice aromas lead to cool mint and brambly notes on the palate. Easy flowing and seamless with smooth tannins and a dusty cherry finish.
2011 Caparzo La Casa Brunello di Montalcino | $120
94 Points | James Suckling
A delicious red with balance and finesse and so much complexity and beauty for the vintage. Full Body, fine tannins and a chocolate, mineral and ripe-fruit aftertaste. Very refined. Drink or hold.
2004 Caparzo La Casa Brunello di Montalcino | $120
93 Points | James Suckling
This is a pretty and mature Brunello with dried-cherry, cedar, sandalwood and fresh-leather character. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Dusty texture. Fascinating. Drink now.
2000 Caparzo La Casa Brunello di Montalcino | $120
90 Points | James Suckling
Fresh and very perfumed, with roses, fresh raspberries and cedar. Full-bodied, with a solid midpalate of fruit and a silky, caressing finish. Fine for the vintage. Best after 2005. 100 cases imported.