2009 Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico (Elsewhere $20)
An expression of darker fruit, this red remains fresh and defined by violet, black cherry and spice notes. Polished, but still marked by dense, edgy tannins, matched by sweet fruit on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2020.
Wonderful aromas of blueberries and dark chocolate follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Solid and structured Chianti Classico. One of my favorite producers in the area. Better in 2012.
Carpineta Fontalpino's estate and vineyards are located in the heart of Tuscany near Siena and the historical village of Castelnuovo Berardenga. This Chianti Classico bottling comprised of 90% Sangiovese and 10% of other allowable varietals for Chianti Classico DOCG. The grapes were sourced from vineyards in San Piero, Cerreto, and Castelnuovo Berardenga from sites with varying southern/eastern exposure. The grapes were hand-harvested and the wine spent 12 months in barrel before bottling.