Featured Red Wine for November – 2016 Carmignano Villa di CapezzanaPublished on November 14, 2020
If you hear Chianti, you probably think of, well, Chianti, the area of Tuscany between Florence and Siena where the famous wine is produced. You may think of the classic bottle in a straw basket, known as a fiasco, made famous by old school Italian restaurants back in the day or of Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. If you hear Carmignano, you will be unlikely to have so many thoughts. And yet, Carmignano used to be the predominant wine of Tuscany. It is older than Chianti, and older than most wines produced in Italy. What distinguishes this Tuscan enclave is its long history of planting French grape varieties – Catherine de’Medici, then Queen of France, insisted on it almost 500 years ago. While most Chiantis are 100% Sangiovese, in 1975 Carmignano became the first DOC zone to legally require the inclusion of Cabernet Sauvignon (up to 20%) as part of the blend.
Tenuta di Capezzana is the most important producer in this small appellation and has been in the Contini Bonacossi family’s hands for almost a century. Carmignano Villa di Capezzana is the estate’s flagship wine and is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2016 Carmignano Villa di Capezzana is the Winecroft featured red wine for November.
“This wine, crimson and dark, is full of concentration and extract without losing grace. Fresh bramble fruits dominated by raspberry are joined by violet, leafy notes and liquorice. The tannins are grainy and masculine, yet precise on the finish. Refreshing and balanced, this is the wine representative of the estate’s postmodern winemaking: the first to be officially organic and partially aged in large oak vessels. A great Carmignano.”
96 Points – Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter.com
The 2016 Carmignano Villa di Capezzana is available on the Winecroft club winelist and has been featured on the winelists of a number of great restaurants including London’s Locanda Locatelli and The River Café.