2016 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino la Casa

Sangiovese Grosso - 3L
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JS 96 WS 95 VN 94 JD 93
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, November 2020

Aromas of berry, toffee and chocolate with cherry undertones. It’s full-bodied with a tight, focused palate with ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. Tight and polished. Needs bottle age to open and show its true...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, April 2022

The nose is reminiscent of Campari and soda, with fresh cherry and wild herb flavors. Refined and elegant, the lacy texture and harmonious profile also deliver fine length.—Non-blind Altesino/Caparzo Retrospective (April...
VN 94

Vinous, November 2020

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casa takes a little time to collect itself in the glass, pulling you closer as white smoke gives way to crushed stone, then peppery florals, wild strawberry and cedar. The textures are...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

Vigna La Casa is a five-hectare vineyard on the hill of Montosoli and was one of the first to be bottled as a single-vineyard in 1977. Medicinal herbs, balsamic, and black cherry fruit on the nose of the 2016 Brunello Di...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2016
Size 3L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Tenuta Caparzo is a Tuscan wine estate in the Montalcino region known for its signature Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vigna La Casa’. It was founded in the late 1960’s by a group of friends who bought an old ruin with vineyards in Montalcino. The farm estate was renovated, modernized and planted with new vineyards.

In 1998, Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, who owns the neighboring Altesino, purchased Caparzo and she immediately carried out her objective of combining tradition and innovation with the help of her son Igino and daughter Alessandra.

Caparzo, derived from “Ca’ Pazzo” as shown on some ancient maps, covers an overall surface area of 200 hectares. It includes 90 covered by vineyards, distributed over different hillsides in the borough of Montalcino. The vineyards are at a heights ranging from 720 to 985 feet above sea level. The soils ranges between sandy-clay, shale-clay (marl), shale-renaceous rich in skeleton, and sandy-stony. The exposure of the vineyards, the nature of the lands and the microclimates of the areas give fullness, age-ability and character to the Caparzo wines.

Caparzo's Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna la Casa was first produced in 1977. At the time little was known of terroir, and little attention was paid to the concept of zoning, which had only recently been introduced to Montalcino. In this case Caparzo was once again a pace setter, producing a “single vineyard” Brunello from one of the finest vineyards in the appellation.

With Brunello di Montalcino La Casa, Caparzo was also one of the first wineries to introduce barriques to Montalcino, producing a wine with a polite, elegant spirit. Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa is the fruit of a unique terroir, and expresses all of Caparzo's passion and experience in producing excellent wines.

Introducing the exquisite 2016 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino la Casa, a true gem from the renowned region of Tuscany, Italy. This red wine, crafted from the Sangiovese Grosso grape varietal, showcases the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of Caparzo, a prestigious producer in the Brunello di Montalcino sub-region. With an alcohol percentage of 14.0, this wine embodies elegance, complexity, and age-worthiness.

In the glass, the 2016 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino la Casa reveals a captivating ruby red hue that entices the eye. Its label, adorned with simplicity and sophistication, perfectly mirrors the essence of this exceptional wine. Uncorking the bottle releases an array of enticing aromas that waft through the air, captivating the senses. Notes of ripe berries, toffee, and chocolate intermingle with undertones of cherry, creating an alluring and harmonious bouquet.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. It boasts a full-bodied and tightly focused profile, with ripe tannins that lend structure and depth. The flavors of berry, toffee, and chocolate discovered on the nose are beautifully echoed on the palate, creating a symphony of flavors that dance across the taste buds. The finish is long and flavorful, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critics have showered the 2016 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino la Casa with praise and high scores. James Suckling awards it an impressive 96 points, stating that it requires some time in the bottle to fully open up and reveal its true potential. Jeb Dunnuck, another esteemed critic, awards it 93 points, highlighting its medicinal herbs, balsamic, and black cherry notes on both the nose and palate. Vinous, in their review, awards it 94 points and describes it as having amazing density, elegant textures, and fine-grained tannins. Finally, Wine Spectator awards it an outstanding 95 points, praising its refined and elegant profile, lacy texture, and harmonious flavors.

This wine is a true masterpiece that is best enjoyed after 2023, allowing it to develop and showcase its full potential. It is recommended to drink this wine over the next 10 to 15 years, as it promises to evolve and delight with each passing year. This is a wine that exemplifies the artistry and passion of Caparzo and is a must-have for any serious wine enthusiast.