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2006 Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Sagrantino Spinning Beauty

Wine Advocate
A new wine from Marco Caprai, the 2006 Montefalco Sagrantino Spinning Beauty is a dark, brooding and powerful beast that is ripe with a deep sense of inner angst and determination. It also shows enormous grace and poise. That said, great work has been achieved to pull back and rein in Sagrantino's astringent tannins. The bouquet offers seemingly infinite layers of dark fruit, prune, spice and bitter chocolate. I had the fortune of drinking this wine with a thick cut of bistecca alla fiorentina, and the painting was perfect. Spinning Beauty needs a few more years of cellar aging.

Marco Caprai is full of surprises and this year he delivers a big one. I had the opportunity to taste his newest creation: The 2006 Montefalco Sagrantino Spinning Beauty. A Riserva category does not exist in the Montefalco Sagrantino appellation, but this wine is conceived and produced as a Riserva nonetheless. The wine successfully makes that difficult leap between power and elegance. The Sagrantino grape is one of the most tannic in Europe, so taming that beast is always an issue. The folks at Arnaldo Caprai have released the 2006 vintage, thus allowing the tannins enough time to integrate. I also liked the "Spinning Beauty" name that seems to evoke the concept of silk or cashmere spools. The Caprai family is enormously successful in both the Italian worlds of wine and textiles (fashion).

- Monica Larner (March, 2016)