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2015 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana

SKU #1324027

Erik Banti’s Carato is back! This mini Super Tuscan has a great following at K&L and the new vintage is even better than the last! It’s a Sangiovese-based blend from the Tuscan coast that tastes like it should cost much more because of its full, smooth, flavorful palate presence and excellent balance. A K&L Direct Import that offers you extraordinary value, and at this price you will be saying, "I should buy two!"

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
This screaming value of a Super Tuscan impresses year after year and this is the best yet. This is bright, clean and savory with loads of sweet berries and ripe cherries and a dusting of roasted herb. Don't be fooled by the price-this blossoms with decanting.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
Wow, what a value! A whole lot of wine for a retail price of under $10. Cherry and strawberry aromas followed by a bouquet of orange peel, leather, and spice. Dried dark cherries, blackberries, and fresh plum on the palate. Lengthy tannins; not expecting this considering the price point. Leather notes once more and hints of porcini mushrooms. For large and small social functions alike where an Italian red wine is needed, reach for an Erik Banti Tuscan Red Blend
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
Deep, brooding and intense this is a powerful wine packed in to a modest price. Cherries and strawberries muddled with cranberry compote and dried plumb partner with baking spice and green tea to keep you thinking about this wine with every sniff. On the first sip you see the talent is not just in the fields growing expressive grapes, but the winemaker also knows how to corral all this flavor into a balanced package. This is certainly a bold wine but refined in its expression. Polished tannins bring it all together and you still have money in your wallet; well done!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2017 | Send Email
The Banti Carato not only has a huge and well-deserved following but also there's always a collective sigh when a vintage sells out and the wait for the next begins. The 2015 is a stunner and we've been anxious to get it into the hands of our customers. It's richly flavored, concentrated and definitely belies its modest price. We think you'll share our enthusiasm for this outstanding red.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
Carato has been one of our best selling wines under $10 since we first brought in the 2009 vintage. This vintage is a dramatic departure from the Sangiovese dominant wines of the past this one has 40% Cabernet, 40% Merlot and only 20% Sangiovese but the results in this spectacular 2015 vintage are truly stunning. The nose is bursting with rich cassis like aromatics highlighted with bits of leather, earth and hints of violet. On the palate the wine has a luxurious richness that shows off the powerful cassis flavors, supple, mouth-filling and perfectly balanced. The finish is long, lifted and for a wine in this price point just an exceptional value, and although the wine is full-bodied it only has 13.5% abv,. Limited availability so don’t hold back buy a few cases now to hold you through the holidays!
Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2017 | Send Email
I love drinking this wine. It is just the kind of wine you want when you sit down with a little bread and cheese or when you open something to drink while cooking dinner. Rich and complex, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Super Tuscan & Super Price !

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5