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Producer: CarpinetoGrape Varieties: 90% Sangiovese Grosso (Prugnolo Gentile) and 10% Canaiolo NeroOptimum Drinking: Within 15 yearsWine Style: Wonderfully warm smooth elegant and longAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italian
A traditional Tuscan wine showing meaty and savoury flavours enhanced by earthy and red cherry tones, silky and elegant with a lovely satisfying finish.
Founded in 1967 by Antonio Zaccheo and Giovanni Sacchet, Carpineto farms 500 hectares of land spread over four estates among Tuscany's most prestigious appellations. The original aim of the producers – to make modern, world-class red wine from the Chianti Classico appellation, has been admirably fulfilled. The Farnito and Dogajolo wines demonstrate the winery’s pioneering approach to making wines from international varieties in Tuscany. Formerly IWSC Italian Wine Producer of the Year, Carpineto was the also the first ever Italian winery to be awarded the IWSC International Winemaker of the Year. Antonio Zaccheo is now assisted by his son Antonio and daughter Francesca, who have both previously worked in the wine trade in the USA. Giovanni Sacchet's daughter, Caterina, joined the Carpineto winemaking team after finishing her viticulture and oenology degree.
The winter was cool and rainy, with temperatures warming up in spring. The 2015 summer experienced exceptionally hot temperatures, which produced small, concentrated bunches of Sangiovese grapes with excellent phenolic structure and balancing alcohol content. The crop was heathy at harvest time and the resulting wines show wonderful Sangiovese typicity.
The vines are grown in the 100 hectare Carpineto Estate at Chianciano near Siena. The vineyards are planted with a minimum of 70% Sangiovese (known locally as Prugnolo Gentile) and a maximum of 30% Canaiolo, along with other authorised grape varieties.
Maceration of the skins, took place for 10 to 15 days at temperatures of 25 to 30°C. The frequent pump-overs used special pumps which were designed to move the skins and seeds very gently. The wine was aged for two years in 5,500 litre oak barrels, while a small proportion was aged in French barriques. After bottling, the wine was aged in Carpineto's temperature controlled cellars for a minimum of six months prior to release.
An extraordinarily elegant, ethereal wine delivering red fruits with hints of violet and oak spice. Beautifully balanced with an elegantly textured, velvety palate and a lovely, long finish.
Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo Nero 10%
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