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2015 Ambra "Elzana" Carmignano Riserva (Previously $30)

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The Ambra Farm has been owned by the Romei Rigoli family since the middle of the last century. The "Elzana" is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The "Elzana" undergoes maceration on the skins for 20-25 days under temperature control and then goes though malolactic fermentation. Then it spends 2 years in wood (the first year in tonneaux of French oak and the second year in large Slavonian oak barrels). It then spends 1 year in bottle. In Italy the name of Carmignano has been synonymous with fine wine ever since the 13th century, and so great was its reputation that Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, decreed in 1716 that the appellation be strictly controlled. The borders of the ancient appellation remain identical to this day, making it one of the smallest DOCG areas in Italy. Ambra’s Carmignano is a modern-day Super Tuscan with classical styling, wild cherry and savory earthy elements in the nose with a bold, structured body that has hints of olive, rosemary, and a complex blend of wild fruits.

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2019 | Send Email
Carmignano is a tiny appellation in Northwest Tuscany near Chianti Classico. The wines of this zone are required to have a minimum of fifty percent Sangiovese along with ten to twenty percent of either Cabernet or Cabernet Franc. Here, Sangiovese is a bit darker in color than in Chianti and the resulting wines are generally a bit fuller in texture as well. Ambra's "Elzana" is a Riserva aged fro three years in wood prior to bottling. While it showcases Sangiovese, Cabernet adds delicious chocolate nuances to this medium-to-full bodied classic. This outstanding wine will especially appeal to fans of red blends.

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