LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
Giulio Caporali purchased Tenuta Valdipiatta in the late 1980’s. At the time, it was simply an old farmhouse and a few hectares of vineyards on the hills that slope down from Montepulciano towards the Val di Chiana. Today, the estate is a top producer of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti Colli Senesi, and Vin Santo. Valdipiatta is managed day-to-day by Giulio’s daughter Miriam Caporali, a young entrepreneur. After a career in business consulting, she turned her studies to wine, learning the various aspects of operating a winery from her father and studying in Bordeaux.
Valdipiatta’s fruit is estate-grown, with 30 hectares sprawling throughout the DOC. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano production zone is the hilly part of the Commune of Montepulciano, situated at an elevation of 605 metres. The soil is generally of medium consistency, composed mainly of a loose blend of clay and sand, with lens-shaped pockets of pebbles and fossils. The area specifically suited for growing grapes is limited to a portion falling between 250 and 600 metres elevation. For the most part the vineyards have an eastern exposure.
This Vino Nobile is composed entirely of Sangiovese grown in sustainably-managed low-yield vineyards. Fruit is briefly macerated, then fermented in stainless steel. The wine completed malolactic fermentation and aged for 18 months in Allier oak barrels, then spent another 12 months aging in bottle.
“Dried cherries and light meat character to this wine. Full and juicy. Round and chewy tannins. Savory wine. Drink or hold.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2012
“100% Sangiovese. Ruby-red. Crushed dark berries and bitter chocolate on the nose, complicated by a violet nuance. Silky, concentrated and stylish, but firmly structured like all of Valdipiatta’s wines, with lively flavors of dark berries and flowers. Finishes with substantial but fine tannins and terrific persistence. I can’t remember the last time I liked a Vigna d’Alfiero as much at a similar stage of its development.”
92 points, Ian d’Agata, vinous.com, Sept 2012
“Plum and dried flowers, with some cedar, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a cherry, chocolate aftertaste. Delicious now. Drink now. 750 cases made.”
91 points, Wine Spectator, 2009