One of the best vintages of all time for Caparzo's Vigna La Casa, 2015 is exceptional and, at this low pricing, one of the best buys for Brunello right now. Sourced from the exceptional Montosoli zone of Brunello, this is a magnificent effort that can be enjoyed now. To get a bottle from this prestigious part of Brunello at this low of pricing is rare and examples from other producers typically go for a bit more. These are our last bottles, so don't miss them!
In the last ten years, Caparzo has proven itself as an integral part of Montalcino, with the wines showing much more character and quality over the past decade. 2015 is a great vintage for Tuscany and is the basis for one of the best examples ever of the Vigna La Casa. The vineyard is named after the farmhouse where many farmers that worked in Montosoli lived with the first vintage of Vigna La Casa made in 1977. It was one of the first wines from Montalcino sourced from a specific vineyard, which was not common, making it one of the first of its kind. It was also one of the first to introduce Barriques to the winemaking process, making the wines a bit less rustic and more elegant.
The Vigna La Casa vineyard itself is located on the prized hill of Monsosoli, which is one of the best and most sought-after terroirs in Montalcino. Just 5 Hectares in size, the vineyard is planted on a mixture of schist and clay located at just under 1,000 feet of elevation with a south-southeast exposure allowing it to get a lot of sunshine which is important because this area is slightly cooler. The vineyard has excellent drainage, and its somewhat higher elevation naturally protects the vines from mists and frosts.
Grapes are manually harvested and, after fermentation is, aged 12 months in 350-liter French oak tonneaux and 24 months in 30 hectoliter French oak casks.
2015 is one of the all-time best examples of the Vigna la Casa. It is a powerful and complex wine that shows outstanding quality of fruit and an unmistakable sense of place. It is an excellent buy for single-vineyard Brunello, especially at this pricing. There are three nice notes below honoring this vintage of Vigna La Casa, and it is fantastic. With a bit more age than the current release, 2015 is the bottle to buy.
James Suckling 97 pts! "Beautiful combination here of balanced orange and lemon rind and riper glazed cherries, terracotta and scorched earth. Mushroom too. Tightly wound and elegant with a persistent core of mineral acidity and finely wrapped-up tannins. Drink from 2021.
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 95 pts! "Caparzo's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa opens to a very fine and precise bouquet that is carefully assembled with crisp berry notes, smoke, tar, licorice and toasted almond. The wine remains very tight and crisp overall, but it does cede to more volume and puts on more weight as it opens in the glass. There is a pretty note of crushed stone or granite on the close. The La Casa vineyard site is characterized by clay soils broken up with shards of Galestro schist that adds to the cool and fresh profile of the wine. This lovely single-vineyard Brunello is almost ready to drink (wait a few more years), but it should also withstand the next 10 years of cellar aging should you decide to put your bottle aside. Some 15,000 bottles were produced. The wine was bottled in August 2019 and released in January 2020."
Vinous 94+ pts! "Good full ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis, menthol, chocolate and minerals. Dense and juicy but slightly hard at present, with a floral nuance and nicely integrated acidity lending precision to the red fruit and violet flavors. The slightly tough tannins and the dumbed down fruit leave an impression of medicinal austerity on the long mouthcoating finish. Needs time. (Drink between 2024 - 2031)