Arnaldo-Caprai, Montefalco Rosso (Umbria, Italy) 2013

($20): Arnaldo-Caprai, certainly one of the top producers in Montefalco, has done an excellent job with this Montefalco Rosso, the baby brother of Sagrantino di Montefalco, which as DOCG status.  Similar to other Rosso, such as Rosso di Montalcino, the Montefalco Rosso category gives the consumer an idea of what the Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine that demands extended bottle aging to tame the tannins, might taste like since it is far more approachable at a young age.  Arnaldo-Caprai’s, a blend of Sangiovese (70%) topped up with equal parts Sagrantino and Merlot, is a boisterous red with a healthy dose of herbal flavors, giving it an appealing briary character.  Mild tannins and bright acidity make it an easy choice for robust pasta dishes.
90 Michael Apstein Oct 4, 2016