(As Always - Tastings Are Free)
I've gone on about the term Super Tuscan before, so won't bore you again with the whole story. Basically, Super Tuscan has come to mean a wine from Tuscany made with the indigenous variety Sangiovese (the grape of Chianti) along with an international variety or two like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. But, what should we call our wine of the week which is 70% Sangiovese combined with 20% Gamay and 10% Alicante, two grapes more closely associated with France?
I guess it's technically a Super Tuscan (and the winery does make our "real" Super Tuscan - Do ut Des), but in actuality, the winery, after studying the historic records, planted the Gamay and Alicante about 15 years ago after learning those grapes had in fact been planted on their estate hundreds of years ago. Super Tuscan is more of a new concept.
Anyway, enough with parsing phrases.
Carpineta Fontalpino Montaperto 2010 -
dark fruits overall, but with nice bright red fruit notes piercing though from the Gamay, which plays with the sweet/sour notes that are the hallmark of Sangiovese. Grippy tannins, excellent underlying acidity, medium body.
The normal price of the wine is $22.50 but, we'll have it marked down to $19.75 for today and tomorrow (Tuesday 1/15 and Wednesday 1/16). Come by either day after 5:00 to taste - the price goes up to $22.50 on Thursday.
The Cresti family have been proprietors of the Tuscan estate 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. The vineyard is located in the middle of Tuscany, very close to the town of Siena and the historical village of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other experimental vines (Petit Verdot, Alicante, and many others) are grown. The production areas under the DOCG's Chianti Classico and Colli Senesi.