(Wednesday, September 13, 2017)
You had me at “Brunello”
The other Sangiovese
Without the Biondi-Santi family, there would be no Brunello. When Clemente Santi noticed that some of his vines grew compact, thick skinned grapes producing more expressive wines than his other Sangiovese stock, he set in motion a movement to produce delicious, liquorous, age-worthy wines that subsequent generations of the family and other winemakers in Montalcino perfected. From the first bottling of ‘Brunello’ by his grandson Ferrucio in 1888 to now, Brunello has grown to be one of the great wines of Italy and for more than 50 years, Tenuta Carpazo has been considered one of the greatest names in Brunello.
Tenuta Caparzo’s La Casa is a true enological gem, and unique in it’s heritage. The first vintage of La Casa was produced in 1977. At the time, little attention was paid to terroir in Montalcino, and Caparzo was a trend setter, producing a “Single Vineyard” Brunello from one of the finest vineyards in the Appellation, La Casa. The 5-hectare La Casa Vineyard is located on the Montosoli Hill. At an elevation of 275 meters, La Casa enjoys a sunny south southeast exposure and yields grapes of incontrovertible quality which produce wines that can age for more than 35 years.
This tasting features a vertical of La Casa from the ‘93, ‘94, ‘95, ‘98, ‘99 and 2000 vintages. In addition, we’ll be contrasting these with ‘new’ Brunellos from the outstanding 2007 vintage from two relative newcomers, Domus Vitae and Collelceto.
With this first tasting of the season, we will also be offering a small food pairing sample to help us assess what works best with a fine Brunello. Winetasters last tasted these wines in 2012 and we are excited to see how they’ve evolved since then.
Please join us for this comparison of old vs new Brunello to start off our 40th anniversary season of Winetasters!
As always with our tastings, this event will be strictly non-smoking, and we request your cooperation in not wearing any scented after-shave or perfume. Using public transit is strongly encouraged.
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Limit: 66 people
*Price including HST
North York Memorial Community Hall
5110 Yonge St. (under library)
North York Centre Subway
GST/HST account: 844742619RT0001
Business Name: Winetasters Society of Toronto
Cancellations accepted up to Sept. 11, 2017 (Jennifer Curran 905-829-4675 evenings). No reservations by phone, please. No mail confirmations will be issued — you will be contacted only if we are sold out. First come basis. Non-members may attend at guest rates, but preference will be given to members.