Spinning Beauty, Belcompare and Malcompare are the names of the three SuperUmbrian who make up the new Arnaldo Caprai Signature line and represent the top wines of the Montefalco winery led by Marco Caprai.
Spinning Beauty is the progenitor of the AC Signature line, the ultimate expression of Sagrantino that comes from the oldest Monte della Torre clonal selection vineyard and one hundred per cent Sagrantino grapes, clone Cobra. A wine rich in personality and charm inspired by the world's great classics of long ageing: left to mature in barriques for 8 years and at least 8 months of bottle ageing, the result is a unique, extraordinary wine with an impenetrable ruby red colour and an extremely broad aromatic strength, studded with hints of chocolate, black and red berry jams and sweet spices, woody balsamic facets, hints of incense and a dense toasted component. Gritty, characterful, warm and fresh at the same time, persistent, Spinning Beauty is an intuition that has guided the work and passion of a man to the continuous search for beauty, an invisible but stainless thread (and this is why we find this symbol on the label, which also pays homage to the Caprai family's textile origins) that binds this winery to the identity of the territory and all its traditions, in a relentless movement towards the future. The first vintage produced came out in 2015 and was bottled in 2006. The latest vintage on the market is 2009.
It was in 2015, the year in which the Arnaldo Caprai winery began its collaboration with internationally renowned French oenologist Michele Rolland, that the winery's other two signature wines were born. Belcompare is a 100% Merlot that is elevated 2 years in barrique and refined 8 months in bottle, with intense notes of blackcurrant, graphite and some touches of geranium. The palate is taut, fresh, with salty and citrusy tannins. A wine compressed and elegant, unforgettable, aspiring to position itself in the empyrean of great Merlots national and international. Malcomparefinally, is a 100% Pinot Noir, round and fresh, with hints of violets and raspberry, which on the palate offers sweet notes of wood and spices (due to the 2 years of maturation in barrique, followed by 8 months in the bottle) and a soft, silky finish. È an expression of the continuous drive for experimentation and innovation of the Arnaldo Caprai winery, which bases its foundations on a profound and tireless work of research and development of the terroir.
The prices reflect the great value of these wines, which are produced in very limited quantities and have an ageing potential of at least 10 years:
Malcompare 90 euro
Belcompare 170 euro
Spinning Beauty 250 euro
ARNALDO CAPRAI FARM AT A GLANCE
Few other wineries in Italy and around the world are immediately identified just by mentioning the name of the denomination to which they belong, like Arnaldo Caprai, itself a symbol of Sagrantino di Montefalco. A unique reality, synonymous with Italian excellence, capable of creating wines that are out of the ordinary in terms of depth, elegance and longevity: not only reds, but also whites. The credit for this adventure that began in the late 1970s goes to Marco Caprai, Arnaldo's son. It was he, in fact, more than anyone else who believed in the richness of Sagrantino, reinterpreting it in a modern key, through the most innovative production and business management methods, which have enabled him to win the favour of the public and critics all over the world. Not to be outdone by the whites: Arnaldo Caprai's Grecante, 100% Grechetto, managed to conquer Wine Spectator's Top100.
A great company, Arnaldo Caprai, that guards a green soul, considering issues concerning sustainability, protection and safeguarding the environment as fundamental. The point of observation always remains the same: trying to behave in harmony with natural evolution cycles, preserving and enhancing the territory in which it operates. This is why the company decided to create an Environmental Management System that complies with international regulations, developing a voluntary territorial protocol of environmental, economic and social sustainability of the production process.
It is in this unparalleled context that wines of unforgettable substance are born, complex and elegant, capable of narrating the best of an entire region, Umbria.