2012 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 88
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"This is round and laced with cherry, currant, tobacco and iron flavors. Firms up quickly, with a fine matrix of tannins for support. Balanced overall, with a long finish of tobacco and iron. Best from 2020 through 2033. 12,500 cases made. –BS " (WS)

"Caparzo's 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a mid-weight expression with bright berry aromas and a traditional approach stylistically speaking. This Brunello aged in large oak casks made from Slavonian and French oak. In fact, it shows a streamlined and compact texture with buoyant aromatic intensity. The focus is on raspberry, cherry and plum with distinct shadings of spice, licorice, tar and blue flower at the back. The overall effect is inviting and genuine. The mouthfeel is thin, but the wine offers nice freshness instead.

Caparzo is the second Brunello property owned by the delightful Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini. She also owns the historic Altesino estate. The last 12 months have seen a lot of activity: She bought two hectares of new Brunello vines for Altesino and four hectares for Caparzo. She farms numerous sites that cover many of the most important sub zones of the appellation." (WA)

"Bright red. Easygoing aromas and flavors of red cherry and sweet spices. Clean and fresh, with plenty of early appeal, this is not the last word in complexity but offers lots of easygoing charm and fun in the glass." (VM)

"A little lean with mushroom, berry and light cedar character. Medium body, fine and chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Better in 2018 when the tannins soften." (JS)

"Fresh and refined, this opens with alluring aromas of wild berry, crushed herb, pressed violet and a whiff of dark spice. The vibrant medium-bodied palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, licorice and a hint of white pepper framed in taut fine-grained tannins. Drink 2019–2027." (WE)