Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017
|Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
"The Caparzo 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is delicious with lots of pretty intensity, nicely balanced fruit, blackberry, spice, cedarwood and campfire ash. This is a delicately perfumed wine that offers more power and length than you might initially anticipate. That's the secret soul of the 2016 vintage—elegance and brawn wrapped tightly together in one package. Some 15,000 bottles were produced." 02/22
There is a bit more richness and solar feel in the 2017 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva with its notes of black cherry, licorice candy, and scorched earth, and it has more concentration on the palate as well, with ripe blackberry, black tea, and turned soil. Fresh, with ripe tannins and a warming finish, it offers a lot of pleasure. This was my favorite of three wines from Caparzo. Drink 2024-2032.
The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is dark and balsamic in nature, with depths of red and black fruit offset by hints of clove. It's surprisingly soft-textured and almost juicy on the palate, showing mineral- inflected cherries and savory spice. While structured, its tannins are more rounded than many 2017s, along with a bump of residual acidity that creates an almost-classic feel. That said, this gentle giant is geared more toward medium-term cellaring.
Pretty aromas of blue flowers and wild berries mix with new leather and botanical herbs. On the linear, already approachable palate, fine-grained, polished tannins accompany juicy Morello cherry, star anise, crushed mint and mocha. Drink through 2027.