October 1, 2015
I’m sorry, I got carried away, enough with hyperbole. What I can do is introduce you to a wine that comes from the country all the above came from, Italy….and the wine is 2009 Villa di Capezzana Carmignano, from the Tuscany region. I realize 95% of you who are reading this haven’t heard of this wine, my guess is Chianti and Brunello had better publicists, just a guess.
Carmignano is an Italian wine region located in the Tuscany region and centered on the city of Carmignano about 10 miles northwest of Florence Noted for the quality of its wines since the Middle Ages, Carmignano was identified by Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, as one of the superior wine producing areas of Tuscany and granted special legal protections in 1716. In the 18th century, the producers of the Carmignano region developed a tradition of blending Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, long before the practice became popularized by the “Super Tuscan” of the late 20th century.
In 1975 Carmignano was the first DOC to be awarded official sanctioning for the use of Cabernet in the blend. While the early “Super Tuscans” of the late 20th century which included Sangiovese-Cabernet blends had to be relegated to the lowly vino da tavola or “table wine” designation, DOC (and later DOCG) Carmignano wine was being produced with full legal sanctioning. In 1975, the region was awarded Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) status and subsequently promoted to Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status in 1990 (retroactive to the 1988 vintage. Current DOCG regulations mandate that Sangiovese must constitute at least 50% of the blend, allowing up to 10–20% Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Fran, and some other grapes which shall go unmentioned since the wine we are talking about is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
I tasted this wine the other night and thought to myself this is my style of wine. Below are notes from the wine maker and below that is a review by James Suckling, I will say I agree with every word from both of them.
Winemaker’s Notes – Deep ruby red color. Elegant with notes of red and dark fruit with spicy aromas. Well structured, with rich, concentrated flavors of currant and wild berries set against a backdrop of silky tannins.
James Suckling 91 Points – “A red with plum, dried strawberry and berry aromas follow through to a full body, fresh acidity and a vivid finish. I like the intensity to this. Drink or hold.”
I checked out the pricing on Wine Searcher in the US and the average price was $27, they showed 1 place in Colorado having it at $35. Paul got a good buy on this wine and as usual we are passing it along, it will be $19.99 while supplies last. I believe we have 5 cases coming in.