I had picked up Arnaldo Caprai Anima Umbra Rosso 2007 a few weeks back to bring to my sister’s house as I felt it was a rustic table wine that she would be enthusiastic to give a pour. Plans generally have a way of falling through for me, and I still haven’t made it to her house, so whilst preparing a comfy, homey dinner of quinoa, potato, many cheeses and roasted pepper casserole, I popped it open.
Arnaldo Caprai was founded in 1971 when Arnaldo purchased the Val di Maggio estate in Montefalco. Today his son Marco heads the company with the same goal of aiming for excellence through “research and innovation in the agronomic and enological sector, communication of the culture and identity of our region”. Arnaldo Caprai is not only the leading producer of Sagrantino di Montefalco made from grapes indigenous to the region, but also possesses a passionate ecofriendly and sustainable philosophy. Some of the many sustainable methods practiced at the vineyard are the use of cover crops to enrich the soil, employing minimum levels of sulphites in wine production, and using only what is grown, raised and produced on the estate for all meals, including wine tastings.
Garnet with orange-brick around the edges in colour, aromas of ripe cherries, earthy tobacco and damp leaves curled about in my glass. Sleek blackberry and slightly tart dried cherry flavours abounded in the medium body, whilst hints of thyme contributed a fresh herbaceous element. Spicy white pepper and leather notes were entwined with occasional wisps of smoky oak in the pleasing finish. Smooth and easy drinking, this is a fantastic rustic glass for the table.
Estate Bottled by Arnaldo Caprai, Montefalco