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Capezzana, Barco Reale di Carmignano

Italy | 2017
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(2 customer reviews)

£16.95 a bottle

Barco Reale has a shiny, rich ruby red colour in the glass. Cherry and plum aromas are complemented by a touch of oak. Rounded and ripe on the palate, it shows lovely balanced fruit and tannin structure. There is a hint of spiced berries on the long, elegant finish.

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Origin

Capezzana is based in the Carmignano region, north-west of Florence. The area is distinct from neighbouring Chianti as it has a slightly warmer climate, in particular experiencing prolonged heat into the autumn – and harvest season. This allows for the full ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon grape; the ripening process is also aided by the cool breezes off the Appenine Mountains, which at night temper the hot summer days. This was the first Tuscan area to champion and legalise the use of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (way before the “Super Tuscans”) although Sangiovese must still make up at least 50% of the final blend.

Producer

The Capezzana estate has been in the hands of the Contini Bonacossi family for centuries; although, viticulture in the areas dates back further still, with relict wine jars and tasting cups found in Etruscan tombs dating back to around 1000BC! Barco Reale means ‘royal palace’ and refers to the property of the Medici Grand Dukes, who were previous owners. Today the esteemed estate combines 100 hectares of vineyard and 40 olive groves, continuing the old agricultural traditions of Tuscan region.

Grape Variety

75% Sangiovese , 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Canaiolo

Grapes are fermented and macerated at controlled temperatures in stainless steel vats and tanks respectively. The wine is aged for 12 months in Allier oak barrels and 3 months in the bottle.

Food Match

Try the traditional Tuscan pasta with a wild boar ragu – or another meat alternative; or simply a rich tomato and basil sauce.

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

Additional information

Style

Medium Bodied Reds

Vintage

2017

Grape Variety

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Country of Origin

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

Region

Tuscany

Food Pairing

Pasta, Red Meats

Other

Organic

2 reviews for Capezzana, Barco Reale di Carmignano

  1. ryanbrady1981

    A mild body, heavy with cherry, blackberry, and tobacco notes, which melt quite beautifully with the fragrant nose. The body is modest and the finish just a touch sweet, with a hint of pepper on the back end, but it’s hard to pass up at this price.

  2. Will

    Surprisingly oaky – almost like a rioja to the inexperienced. A lovely wine indeed though

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