As I’ve mentioned before, I am on a constant quest for Sustainable and Biodynamic wines. Thankfully, they are increasing in number throughout the majority of wine shops as more people become just as obsessed with their amazing high quality and sustainable initiatives as I am. One of the many fantastic elements about sustainable wines is that each bottle has an engaging story to tell, whether it be the history of the vineyard, the winemaker or what happened in that particular harvest. As I popped open the Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano 2009, its tale began.
Since about 1000 B.C. when the Etruscans inhabited the Carmignano region, wine has been produced there. And in 804, a preserved rent contract now in the Florence Archives details the production of wine and olive oil specifically at Capezzana. Today, the sustainable vineyard offers not only agritourism and gorgeous farmhouse accommodations; it also provides a weeklong cooking course featuring wine and food pairings, and visits to local craftsmen and artisans. The Cappezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano is a young Carmignano and takes its name from the historic Medici Royal property where the grapes for this bottling were grown.
Dark transparent red in colour, after aerating aromas of warm, autumn dried leaves entwined with caramel ribbons rose from my glass. Tart cherry and jammy blackberry flavours abounded and were highlighted by traces of savory, smooth leather in the medium body. Black tea tannins merged with lingering notes of earthy mushroom and rich chocolate in the moderate finish. Velvety and easy drinking, this is an enjoyable glass that loves to be paired with a meal.
70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo
Estate Bottled by Tenuta Di Capezzana s.r.l., Carmignano
Enjoy now thru 2013