The Caprilli estate is made up of property to the southwest of Brunello in the Tavernelle area that was originally part of the larger Villa Santa Restituta’s holdings, from which it was carved out in 1965. The owner, Alfo Bartolommei, came from a long line of sharecroppers who chose to remain on the land rather than following the trend towards an urban lifestyle that was so common among workers in the agricultural communities during the 1960s. His first Brunello came from the 1978 vintage.
The land is very favorable – being hilly and made up of mineral rich soils with significant amounts of limestone. Massale selection is done to propagate the best vines from the originally planted Madre site so as to maintain the character of the wine throughout the estate’s 21 hectares of vines.
Caprilli is a low intervention estate – using neither selected yeasts nor temperature control during fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine ages in large botti – eight months for the Rosso, 36 for the Brunello and 42 for the Riserva.
Savory and loaded with personality this soulful red opens with aromas of mature wild berries camphor new leather and forest floor. Showing surprising freshness and remarkable balance for the hot vintage the palate has an earthy elegance featuring juicy Marasca cherry blood orange crushed mint underbrush and star anise set against a backbone of firm crushed-velvet tannins. Drink 2024?2029. KERIN O?KEEFE
The Caprili 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is lovely. The wine strikes that great balance of dark fruit rose and tar that makes Brunello unique and it doesn't have those rough edges or stemmy tannins that you see sometimes in this undeniably hot and dry vintage. This expression remains elegant but also generous and that's not an easy intersection to reach. This is a standout wine from 2017 despite the challenges and the lower yields obtained this year. Production is 38865 bottles.
The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino lifts up with a deeply intriguing bouquet that mixes balsam herbs with flowery undergrowth bright sour cherries and a hint of grapefruit peels. Itâ€™s silky and round in feel offering vibrant acids that enliven the red and black berries found within. This leaves salty minerals and sweet tannins to linger but also keeps the mouth watering through the long and surprisingly zesty finale. While I wouldnâ€™t call this a classic Brunello it is a successful expression of the 2017 vintage.