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2015 Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva (750ml)

Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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You've made this my best-selling Vino Nobile, five vintages running, consistency and unmatched quality for the coin. Continuing the trend, 2015 recalls Carpineto's groundbreaking history: 50 years ago and 50 miles southeast of Florence, near the quiet Etruscan commune of Chianciano. Giovanni C. Sacchet and Antonio M. Zaccheo had big plans for their 400 acres in Montepulciano, world-class Chianti foremost on their minds. It would be their Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, however, that brought those pioneering gentleman their greatest honors. They were innovators, experimenting with 85 acres of their estate. Dry farmed vineyards were planted in their Vino Nobile parcels, the cutting edge Prugnolo gentile planted to trellising methods unheard of in those days, clones and rootstocks varying according to soil type. The rolling hillsides of Carpineto's Vino Nobile vineyards are also home to an ancient aging cellar, dating to the 1700s, it's in these cellars where the Vino Nobile Reserve is vinified, aged, and bottled. "The king of all wines" moniker – Francesco Redi's undying gift to Vino Nobile – suits Carpineto beautifully. I love the 2015, as will you – for its density and minerality with such a long, complex finish – for me the finest yet.

89WE

This opens with aromas evoking stewed plum, leather, baking spice and a whiff of game. The linear, rather lean palate offers dried cherry, clove, thyme and truffle alongside dusty close-grained tannins.

89 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
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