2013 Capezzana Carmignano Villa di Capezzana

SKU #1342727 93 points James Suckling

 Lovely balance to this with dark berry, hints of walnut and spice character. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now or hold.  (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe cherry and black currant aromas and flavors are clear and fresh, shaded by tobacco, leather, earth and iron notes. Intense and firm, with a mineral- and tobacco-steeped aftertaste. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2025. (BS)  (9/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Carmignano Villa di Capezzana (80/20 Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon) shows thick lines and rich concentration. The wine opens to aromas of cherry liqueur, dried raspberry and blackberry marmalade. The aromas peel back in ripe and chewy layers. Balanced spice and tobacco add extra dimension and layering at the back. The finish is soft and succulent. (ML) 90+  (10/2017)

90 points Vinous

 The 2013 Carmignano is a pretty, understated wine with lovely Sangiovese lift and brightness. Sweet dried cherry, rose petal and mint add shades of nuance to this distinctly gracious, mid-weight Carmignano. All the elements are nicely balanced. Readers should expect a laid-back style. (AG)  (11/2017)

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2018 | Send Email
Carmignano is a lesser known yet important subzone (located just northwest of Florence)of Tuscany that has held the long tradition of blending Cabernet with Sangiovese. Capezzana remains the benchmark producer here and their 2013 is a classic. Made from 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet, it's juicy and medium-bodied with red fruit from the Sangiovese taking the lead while the Cabernet fills in the palate with a nice touch of dark chocolate. A fine layer of tannins adds a pleasant touch of structure to this wonderful Tuscan red.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
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Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan