Exceptional 2016 Brunello Value: Caprili

Today, two Brunello new arrivals from Caprili, one of the earliest estates in Montalcino that boasts an impressive address, with (Gaja's) Pieve Santa Restituta and Soldera (which sells for $500+/bottle) next door. So of course they make fantastic wine but what's surprising is Caprili's exceptional value. First up, Caprili's 2016 Brunello is sure to be one of the outstanding values of the extraordinary 2016 vintage: 95 points Wine Spectator, only $44.95. We enjoyed a bottle over the weekend and it's brilliant. And not to be outdone is Caprili's Riserva, a collectible gem for the cellar.

$44.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($49.95 regular)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A mix of iron, leather, tar and Mediterranean scrub marks this wiry red, which settles into a core of cherry and strawberry as the dense matrix of tannins emerges, asserting itself on the finish. Best from 2024 through 2042."

Us: The first day it was showy and silky, even without decanting. Gorgeous from start to finish. We actually had to exercise restraint to save some to taste day two and we're glad we did; the structure peaks out a little, but the silky red fruits continue to make it an alluring dinner companion for the near term. Totally delicious!

$107.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($119.95 regular)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Expressive and lush, this red shows ripe cherry, plum, earth, tobacco and leather notes, backed by a rigid backbone of tannins. This is vibrant too, leaving a long aftertaste of fruit, mineral and savory accents, with fine harmony and complexity. Best from 2025 through 2050. 150 cases imported."