Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
The origins of the place named Caparzo are still unknown. According to some people, the name is derived, as shown by ancient maps, from Ca' Pazzo; according to others, the term should derive from the Latin Caput Arsum, indicating "a place touched by the sun.”
In 1998, 30 years after the first rows of vines were planted, the farm estate came to a turning point when Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini purchased Caparzo. With the help of her son, Igino, and daughter, Alessandra, she immediately carried out her objective: combining tradition with innovation to create a high-quality wine that is the expression of an excellent territory.
Ruby and tends towards garnet with age. The nose is penetrating, ample, and very complex, with echoes of wild berry fruit. The palate is dry, warm, solid, harmonious, combining delicacy and austerity, and persistent.
This wine is an excellent pairing with roasts, spit-roasted meats, grilled meats, game, braised meats, and aged cheeses.
96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Underbrush rose, new leather and camphor aromas mingle with wild berries in this fragrant, classy red. Linear and elegantly structured, the focused palate delivers juicy red cherry, spiced cranberry, star anise and cinnamon set against firm, refined tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Drink 2023–2030.
95 Points - James Suckling
A wine with purity and integration, offering black cherry, blueberry and orange-peel aromas and flavours. Hot stone, too. Full-bodied and very tight with integrated tannins that go on. Needs time to show it all.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
First produced in 1980, the Riserva is only produced in great vintages from fruit selected by winemaker Massimo Bracalente. The 2015 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva offers sweet red cherry, violets, sage, and cedar aromatics. The palate is ripe and inviting, with pure red fruits, clove, and tomato leaf followed by an unfolding but fine tannic grip. The sunniness of the vintage is present, but there is clarity and purity of fruit which will make for a pleasurable wine to drink with some time. Enjoy over the next 20 years.
94 Points - Wine Spectator
This red is opulent and bursting with cherry, and raspberry, rose and earth flavours and an underlying spiciness from the new oak. Harmonious and long, refined tannins detail the finish. Best from 2023 through 2043.