Arnaldo Caprai makes a variety of wines, grappa, and (very good) olive oil in the Umbria region of Italy. We recently tried three wines from the company’s portfolio. Comments follow.
2008 Arnaldo Caprai Anima Umbra Blanco Grechetto IGT – This affordable wine is made from the Grechetto grape (with 15% Trebbiano Spoletino), which is mostly limited to Umbria. A simple and young wine, it is floral on the nose, with apple notes, like a creamier version of Sauvignon Blanc, without the zippy acidity. B+ / $15
2007 Arnaldo Caprai Anima Umbra Rosso IGT – The red sibling of Umbra Blanco, Caprai’s Rosso is 85% Sangiovese and 15% Canaiolo, and it’s a surprisingly high quality wine for this price. Easygoing and up-front, it’s full of black berry fruit and laced with herbs. Well balanced. A- / $15
2008 Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto dei Collio Martani DOC – A step up in the production ladder, this is a 100% Grechetto wine with a fresher character than the Umbra Blanco, offering crisper minerality with apricot notes and a touch of honey. Easy to drink, with a nice, clean finish. A- / $18