Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2016
Italy, Tuscany & Central Italy
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In a nutshell: An elegant and savoury traditional, classic Tuscan red.
The lowdown: Carpineto make some of Tuscany's most reliably good wines and this is amply demonstrated in this distinguished Montepulciano. Made from 90% Sangiovese most of the wine is aged in large Slavonian barrels for two years followed be a minimum of six months in bottle prior to release. It's extraordinarily elegant and ethereal, delivering ripe red fruits, hints of violets and touch of oak spice. Very well balanced and stylishly textured it has a velvery mouthfeel which leads onto the long, delicious finish.
When to drink: It's the sort of thing so serve with full flavoured game such as venison. Mature cheeses also go well.
In 1967, Giovanni Sacchet and Antonio Zaccheo set out to produce a Chianti Classico so prestigious that it would gain international renown. These two wine fanatics saw an enormous potential that was not being used in Tuscan soil. They understood that applying cutting-edge technology and pushing the standard of quality even further, would create the ultimate of wines. And they did just that.
Giovanni and Antonio made the Carpineto wine brand into an international success and from their base in the village of Dudda between Florence and Siena they now farm 500 hectares across four estates in some of Tuscany's most prestigious appleations and export to over 70 countries worldwide.
The intensity, integrity and consistency of their wine has earned them a solid reputation among consumers and critics alike. Carpineto wines, especially the aged reds, have received numerous awards and accolades. Innovators by tradition, Giovanni and Antonio continue to experiment with some of their classics with a strong focus on traditional Tuscan values.