Anselmi Capitel Croce 2008
Roberto Anselmi is the pioneering force behind what is widely regarded as one of Italy’s leading white wine producers. After taking over management of his family’s sizeable winery in the Veneto’s Soave district over two decades ago, Anselmi felt an emotional as well as professional commitment to tapping the unrealized potential of the wine he grew up with. For Anselmi, this meant parting ways with many of the traditional viticultural and winemaking practices that have historically defined the Soave district. He transformed his once-large family winery into a limited-production boutique producer, re-examining every detail in the winemaking process. Radical changes implemented include the purchase of hilltop vineyard plots, conversion from customary pergola training to densely-planted horizontal spurred cordons (resulting in major yield reduction), scrupulous clonal selection, minimal irrigation and the judicious use of oak in the vinification process. In order to have unmitigated authority over his winemaking practices, Anselmi chooses to label his wines as Veneto IGT rather than working within the boundaries of the Soave DOC. A direct result of his uncompromising dedication to superior quality, Anselmi’s highly sought-after wines are an established benchmark against which many Italian white wines are judged today. Production Area<br/>Ten acres of low-yield, densely-planted vines atop Zoppega hill near the Croce shrine in the Monteforte area. The vines are planted on south facing slopes in limestone soil with grass undergrowth and are trained using a horizontal spurred cordon technique. Grape Varieties<br/>100% Garganega Vinification<br/>Immediately following harvest, grapes are de-stemmed and undergo cold maceration followed by a soft pneumatic pressing. Fermentation takes place in French Allier barriques, where the wine is then left to mature sur lie for eight months with regular battonage. Once bottled, Capitel Croce rests in the cellar for nine months before release. Color<br/>Brilliant gold with a light amber tint Bouquet<br/>Fresh, fruit forward aroma guided by hints of peach, apple, cream and spring flowers Taste<br/>Dry, complex and persistent, with rich, creamy fruit flavors consistent with the bouquet; the use of oak adds a subtle and agreeable spiciness to the wine Alcohol<br/>13% Serving Suggestions<br/>Outstanding on its own or paired with savory dishes such as veal, pork, and pâté. Also a delicious match with goat cheese and spicy fare.
External Reviews for Anselmi Capitel Croce
Capitel Croce - A Best Value, Parker's Wine Bargains/ This oak-aged offering is honeyed and perfumed, with plenty of apricots and an additional layer of volume from the oak.
Capitel Croce 2006 - Silver Award, Sommelier Challenge, International Wine Competition/
Capitel Croce 2007 - 89 Points & Listed among Italy's Fines Values, Wine Advocate/ ... is an attractive, engaging Garganega. Apricots, peaches, minerals, smoke and spices come together beautifully as this nuanced, articulate wine opens up in the glass. A subtle yet inviting finish rounds things out in style... Listed among Italy's Finest Values
Capitel Croce 2006 - Bronze, San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition/ About the 2009 San Francisco Wine Competition: Winners were selected from 4,275 entries this year. The “competition continues to be the biggest and most prestigious in the United States.”
Age-Worthy Italian White Wines: Some Recommendations/ Roberto Anselmi gave up the Soave designation to work with higher percentages of Garganega (100 percent in this wine, 80-85 percent in Capitel Foscarini) than the Soave discipline allows. The results are important, round, full-flavored wines of great structure and longevity. The 2002, 1998, and 1995 vintages all tasted harmonious and live.
/ Light bodied with honey, beeswax, zesty citrus rind, white floral notes, and mineral components; a long, tangy finish. Penne with zucchini, mint, and basil.
Top 30 Italian Wines Under $30/ Roberto Anselmi is a true rebel - he not only rides fast motorbikes but has turned the makeing of white wine in northeast Italy on its head with his emphasis on quality over quantity. His success is obvious in his interesting and complex Capitel Croce. It's redolent of ripe citrus fruits, and touched with highlights of spice, wood (not oak, but wood) and an intriguing minerality.