Arnaldo Caprai, a textiles entrepreneur, purchased 12.5 acres in 1971, around the Montefalco region, located pretty darn close to the exact center of Italy between Florence and Rome. In 1988 his son Marco launched a project to promote the native grape Sagrantino, which increased the estate’s premium wine production and built brand recognition around the globe. That drive led directly to new land acquisitions, along with wine research and technological innovations in the cellar. The Montefalco Rosso is a superb value wine for this hidden appellation. The vineyards are grown on limestone and clay soils at an elevation between 650-990 feet. The blend is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 15% Merlot. The wine sees twelve months of aging in 70% Slavonian oak and 30% French oak, plus four months in bottle before release. This bottling was first produced in 1971 so it is one of the longest-lived wines in the Arnaldo Caprai lineup. Lamb sausages, pasta, and mushroom laden pizza should be in your food pairing lineup.Label I.Q.: In 1979 Montefalco was granted DOC status.