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Expert Picks: Talenti and Capanna

Posted on | January 11, 2016 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiBurgundy and Pinot Noir, Rioja and Tempranillo, Barolo and Nebbiolo and, of course, Montalcino and Sangiovese Grosso. Indisputably great wines, these are some of the most renowned, respected and sought-after pairings of region and grape. Hundreds of years of winemaking experience has shown that these combinations bring their respective parties to great heights and produce wines of great grandeur. Today, I’m celebrating Montalcino and Sangiovese Grosso. The history of this place and that grape have been woven together for well over a hundred years, and Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino have become hot ticket items over the past decade or so. I’ve chosen one wine to drink now and one to hold for a bit, but both sure to make you smile.

Talenti 2013 Rosso di Montalcino $24.99

Over the past year, everyone has been loading up on 2010 Brunello, and rightly so. It’s a wonderful move that guarantees great drinking in the years ahead, but how about now? Talenti is year in and year our one of IWM’s best value Brunellos and the estate’s Rosso is no different. At $25 it drinks like a wine that costs 50% more. Harvested from the youngest of the vines on the estate it is ripe, vivacious and has a hint of herbs that adds balance and complexity. Drink now until 2020.

Capanna 2010 Brunello di Montalcino $54.99

For more than a half century, Capanna has been a part of the Italian winemaking landscape, and in that time has shown itself as a standard bearer for traditional Brunello that is elegant yet racy with an acidic backbone that breathes life and style into the bottles. Like all good Brunellos, there is more than just fruit, a touch of tobacco and earth to truly round this wine into form. This ’10 bottling is yet another great example that Brunello is the place to be when you want a $100 wine but would prefer to pay half of that. Drink now to 2025.


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