🍇Four Generations of Winemaking Artistry 🍷
This week for #Armandospicks, we travel to Brunello country in Tuscany and taste a highly-rated red rooted in the region's wine-making history.
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2015
Long considered one of Italy's greatest wines, Brunello di Montalcino is a small wine region in southern central Tuscany. Producing exceptionally extraordinary wines from a local strain of Sangiovese – the Brunello grape. Since 1966, the Cencioni family have cemented their status as creators of the region’s finest Brunello at Capanna Farm.
Capanna farm, owned by the Cencioni family since 1957, is situated in the Montosoli area, to the north of Montalcino. It was founded by Giuseppe Cencioni and helped by his sons Benito and Franco; it was one of the first farms of the modern period of Brunello. They started bottling their own wines in the 1960s. After Brunello di Montalcino was granted DOC status in 1966, Giuseppe was one of the 25 Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino founders.
Production, initially only a few thousand bottles, increased when new vineyards were planted. In 1975 they began exporting Brunello di Montalcino DOC – Capanna 1970 – to Germany, and then new markets were reached in subsequent years: United States of America, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Austria, Poland, Denmark, and others (about 20 overall).
The Capanna farm is still family run from both a farming and winemaking viewpoint. Furthermore, it is Amedeo Cencioni himself, Patrizio's son and representative of the fourth generation, who supervises the oenological and agronomic parts of the cellar.
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino is a deep ruby red color with garnet hues. The bouquet is ethereal, with notes of red fruit and vanilla. The harmonious palate shows excellent tannicity and structure with a very persistent finish. Made with 100% Sangiovese.
Plums and dried flowers with violets and lavender and hints of sandalwood. Full-bodied, dense and fruity with a big and juicy palate, yet the round and firm tannins hold it all together and give it form. Drink after 2021.
The 2015 Brunello was aged for 40 months in classic Slavonian oak barrels and comes from the Montosoli area of Montalcino. It reveals a nose of anise, dried red cherry, thyme, and fresh flowers. The sunniness of the vintage is present without adding heft, followed by juicy cherry fruit on the mid-palate, with fine grained, approachable tannin's. Drink 2015 now or over the next 15 years.
Though backed by stiff tannins, the cherry and strawberry flavors at the core are pure and defined. Earth, iron and woodsy elements accent the fruit. Rights itself in the end, showing fine equilibrium. Best from 2023 through 2042.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Capanna 2015 Brunello di Montalcino opens to an evolved and immediate open-knit fabric. The heat and sunshine of the growing season have contributed to the wine's accessible and slightly oxidative personality. Redcurrant, dried cherry, tilled earth, and garden herbs emerge from the bouquet. There is some sour cherry on the close, but nevertheless, I would suggest a near-term drinking window.
Try it alongside gnocchi with spinach and Tuscan Pecorino cheese. Some 39,000 bottles were released.