Cupano is a small but mighty Brunello producer in Montalcino. Producing
award-winning wines since 1988, they have developed a strong local following as well as garnered praise from Antonio Galloni of Vinous (fmr.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate) and Ian d'Agata of Decanter Magazine, not to mention Wine Spectator.
Cupano sits on a rolling plain at the far edges of Montalcino, south of Siena on a stony hill above the Ombrone River. Under the guidance of several winemaking masters, Ornella Tondini and Lionel Cousin came together to produce wines that embody the memory, the landscape, the season, and the story of their enchantment with this special estate. Henri Jayer instilled many of his beliefs including the avoidance of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, limiting yields, strict selection on the sorting table, and malolactic on the lees in new French barriques. Carlo Ferrini selected the land for the vines and the vinestocks. François Bouchet initiated biodynamy and only when Giulio Gambelli gives the thumbs up are the wines bottled. Their beautiful, terroir-driven wines - Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino and their Bordeaux-style blend, Ombrone Sant’Antimo - embody the wisdom of that decision in their purity, complexity and specificity of place.
A great little article about visiting the region and the impressions Cupano have on locals and visitors alike, read Biondi Santi And Beyond In Brunello via Goodtaste.tv here.
There are not many places you can find these wines in the United States....but we have them here at Enoteca Vino Nostro!
For more information about Cupano, visit their website here.