The grapes to produce the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG “Vigna la Casa” Caparzo are hand harvested and sorted before pressing. Fermentation takes 7 days, at controlled temperatures between 28 and 30 °C, and is followed by delestages and pump overs. Because of the superb quality of the skins, the wine is kept in contact with them for a further 10/15 days. The wine is aged in French oak, 12 months in tonneaux, 24 months in large 3000l barrels and then for at least 8 months in bottle.
The 5-hectare La Casa Vineyard is located on the Montosoli Hill, at an elevation of 275 metres, and enjoys a southeast exposure. The Montosoli Hill is not large, but its greater elevation shields it from both mists and spring frosts, and yields grapes of exceptional quality. The soil is locally known as Galestro, and is well drained. The vineyard enjoys excellent sunshine, an important factor for this sector of the northern part of the Montalcino zone, which has lower than average temperatures for the region .
The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG “Vigna la Casa” Caparzo is only made in the best vintages.
Established in 1970, Caparzo is one of Montalcino’s historic wineries, and is amongst those that contributed to the fame of Brunello di Montalcino. Purchased by the current owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini in 1998 after a period of dilapidation, she was determined to grow, improve, and develop the estate back to its former glory. Investment and modernisation of the vineyard, with the help of winemaker Massimo Bracalente, have all ensured that Caparzo is now enjoying a comeback as a top Brunello producer. The Caparzo estate covers 200 hectares, including 90 hectares of vineyards where 9 are designated for Brunello. The 9 hectares of Brunello are distributed throughout different hillsides in the DOCG, ranging from 220 to 300 metres above sea level. Owning vineyards in Caparzo, La Casa, La Caduta, Il Cassero, and San Piero Caselle, which constitute almost all of Montalcino’s best areas, is a defining feature of the Caparzo estate. This selection of the best vineyards, allows Caparzo to draw the best fruit from every vintage. Found in the north east of the Brunello zone on the hill of Montosoli and with the famous galestro soils, La Casa is often considered to be one of the most prestigious sites in the appellation. In 1977, Caparzo introduced the concept of Cru to Montalcino, vinifying the grapes from the La Casa vineyard separately, to showcase their high-quality and uniqueness.