|~ The Caparzo Estate is among the larger estates in Montalcino ~|
The Caparzo estate has long been a mainstay in the Montalcinese countryside. A sprawling estate of over 180 hectares, almost half of which are under vine, Caparzo is one of the larger producers in the Brunello zone.
The Caparzo name is believed to have originated from the original term Ca' Pazzo - where Ca' is an abbreviation of the word Casa. In this case, Casa Pazzo or literally, "Crazy House". I think that term is somewhat apt in relation to the way I perceive Caparzo's Brunello. They are somewhat mercurial in nature, often appearing light bodied and uninteresting in their youth, but then maturing to glorius complexity. While their flagship Brunello, "La Casa" is routinely among my favorites, the estate Brunello requires some patience, some coddling.
With this in mind, I recently had the 2007 Caparzo Brunello al fresco with some grilled meat, burratta, and traditional accompaniements. In the glass, the wine is a dark, deep ruby trending to garnet. There's a trace of lightness at the rim of the bowl that provides that clue as to the pedigree of the wine. On the nose, the wine is expressive, with rich smelling cherry, earth, fennel, and spice. On the palate, the wine seems slightly more structured than many 2007's I've had. The ripeness of the vintage is evident, but there seems to be a more "classic" core underpinning this wine. Dark cherries, dried herbs and a slightly tart finish bring this medium bodied wine to conclusion. Patience. While this wine is very good now, there are better things ahead for it. Like the 2001 linked above, I have high hopes. The best part is, this Brunello is so affordable, that you can grab a few and easily tuck them away in the cellar with "Open in 2017" posted on the label. I'll hold up my end of the bargain. 90 points, about $33.
|~ 2007 Caparzo Estate Brunello di Montalcino ~|