2013 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1363636 95 points James Suckling

 Blackberry and cherry aromas with some bark and black tea character. Full body, soild and powerful with a chewy and linear tannin backbone and a fresh finish. Drink in 2022.  (11/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Deep ruby-red with a pale rim. Perfumed, refined aromas and flavors of red berries, black cherry and minerals. Long and very clean, displaying repeating mineral elements on the juicy finish. I especially love this focused, smooth wine’s remarkable acid-sugar-tannin balance. No blockbuster or behemoth, but an absolutely delicious, drinkable and enjoyable Brunello. Well done. Drink: 2023-2033. (ID)  (4/2018)

91 points Decanter

 The Capanna estate boasts southeast facing vineyards in the highly touted Montosoli area, to the north of Montalcino, where the soil is composed of galestro marl with large stones. After approximately three years in 10-30 hectolitre casks, the wine has taken on autumnal aromas of dried leaves with smoke and forest nuances. The palate is brighter and presents more youthful mint and redcurrant notes, with a solid tannic grip. Drinking Window 2018-2028. (MM)  (2/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Capanna's wine style prizes broad aromas and an accessible, open-knit texture. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino shows volume and generous fruit that spans between black cherry and spicy plum. Dark leather, tobacco and black licorice play strong supporting roles. The wine is layered and soft in texture, but it also shows good tannic tightness that holds the whole package firmly together. Drink from 2020-2030. (ML)  (2/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Wild berry, crushed blue-flower and baking-spice aromas lead the nose. The vibrant palate offers sour cherry, cranberry and star anise set against tightly wound tannins and brisk acidity. It's youthfully austere and needs ample time to fully develop. Drink 2025–2038. (KO)  (5/2018)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2018 | Send Email
The nose is dark and brooding, showing more mahogany than fruit, and bits of earth and spice. On the palate the wine explodes, full, rich, a comples blend of wild cherry, earth, leather and hints of soy. The finish is incredible, powerfully structured but so well balanced it’s extraordindary. Capanna sits on one of the best portions of the Montosoli hill, Montalcino’s most famous vineyard site, and produces wines of power, displaying powerful structure, incredible depth of fruit yet superb balance. Consistently one of Montalcino’s best wines.
Drink from 2020 to 2033

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5