This Italian is big and bold just like the rep from the distributor. We shared this over a big veal shank from one of our favorite Italian restaurants (La Piazza)and could not believe how well it complemented not just big meaty dishes, but rich and traditional pastas. If you're looking for a fruit bomb, this is not for you. We're talking big, bold, traditional Italian wine. Read on for Wine Spectator's Review...
Dense and complex aromas of crushed black currant, violet, sandalwood and mineral follow through to a full-bodied palate, with a good core of fruit and a robust yet silky backbone of tannins. This tightly packed red needs some time to unravel. Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2009. 1,500 cases made. –JS.... Wine Spectator rating 91 points
|The Cresti family have been proprietors of Carpineta Fontalpino Vineyard since the 1960’s and traces of the wine making traditions date as far back as the past century. The name Carpineta Fontalpino has never changed. It has its roots in two historical places of the area of Montaperti. We find Carpineta, a site where typical trees characteristic of this area, with silver back leaves, called ”Carpini” grow and Fontalpino, the water source with the back drop of the pine trees of Montaperti - two noteworthy places of this important medieval historical site. The vineyard is located in the middle of Tuscany, very close to the splendid town of Siena and the historical village of Castelnuovo Berardenga.
The surrounding territory is though rich in history, legends and love that are experienced by all those who are fortunate to visit it. Its unforgettable atmosphere creates strong emotions. As we have the honor and privilege to live here we strive to maintain the unaltered countryside and its traditions intact, proud to be part of such a generous area, which never ceases to surprise us and our guests. Gioia is the vineyard’s oenologist and she is responsible for all the production phases, from the wine making to the aging. She literally “picks up” the best grapes so that the whole wine production is imprinted on her own personal style.
Filippo is mainly involved in the organizational activities of the land working of the Winery. He is also the commercial and marketing development mind of Carpineta Fontalpino Estates. The property extends to about 80 hectares and presents various cultivars. The vine planted area extends to about 23 hectares in many varieties of specialized vines, sub-divided into grape types of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other experimental vines (Petit Verdot, Alicante, and many others). The production areas denominations are the one of the Chianti Classico and the one of the Colli Senesi.