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Expert Picks: Cupano and…Cupano!

Posted on | September 9, 2015 | Written by David Gwo | No Comments

David Gwo 12.8.14We’ve been supporting Cupano, the rising star of Montalcino, for quite some time now and for good reasons: this estate’s organic wines are incredibly well made and they appeal to a variety of palates, from Italian wine aficionados to Italian wine newbies.

Cupano is most well known for its Brunello di Montalcino, but the estate also bottles a Rosso di Montalcino and a Super Tuscan, Sant’Antimo Ombrone. Both the Rosso and the Brunello are made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, the name for this specific clone of Sangiovese. The differences between the wines are that the Rosso derives from younger vines and is aged less extensively. Rossos are meant to be consumed earlier then Brunellos, and are made to enjoy while you age your Brunellos! In good vintages Rossos are always a deal: you get high quality wine at a fraction of what the Brunello would cost. Below is a set consisting of a Rosso and Brunello from Cupano in the 2008 vintage. Enjoy the Rosso now and keep holding the Brunello—if you can, that is!

Cupano 2008 Rosso di Montalcino (1.5L) $94.99

The 2008 Cupano Rosso is drinking exceptionally well right now, especially out of magnum! With softer tannins and less oak character, the Rosso demonstrates its delightful dark cherry, leather, and tobacco notes while being backed by zippy acidity. The perfect pizza or pasta wine, this bottle also a great weekend warrior. Magnums are always fun to open among good company and this Cupano Rosso is surely a crowd pleaser!

Cupano 2008 Brunello di Montalcino $109.00

​I’ve had the opportunity to taste many vintages of Cupano, and this ’08 bottling is lovely. The 2008 will be earlier drinking than vintages like 2004 or 2006, but it has all the characteristics one looks for in a modern-style Brunello. Dark fruit, dark flowers, spice, and oak are at the forefront of the palate, but if you give this bottle a few more years, everything will round into form nicely. Cupano is an incredibly consistent producer and there’s no doubt that the 2008 will be a pleasure to follow into the next decade.​

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