Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2018


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A traditionally styled Chianti Classico, velvety yet robust with earthy liquorice notes and a generous savoury finish. Rich, full-flavoured and warming with hints of vanilla and raspberry, this is a fine wine with silky tannins.

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£22.29 per bottle

RRP: £27.50 (save 19%)

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Winery: Carpineto

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In the beautiful olive and cypress-studded countryside between Florence and Siena, lie the quaint hilltop villages of the Chianti Classico region. The wine of the same name is produced exclusively in this charming and beautiful area in stony soils. The Carpineto estate is surrounded by eight hectares of Sangiovese and Canaiolo cultivated in a sustainable way, using the principles of precision agriculture. The soils, of sedimentary composition, have a clayey schist structure, locally called galestro, and are found in one of the coolest climates of the entire denomination.

Fermentation took place in temperature controlled vats, followed by a skin contact maceration to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of oak barrels and casks of Slavonian and French origin for a minimum of 12 months. It was then transferred back into stainless tanks briefly prior to bottling. The wine was bottle aged in temperature controlled cellars for a minimum of 10 months prior to release.

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RRP £27.50
Vintage 2018
Alcoholic strength 13.5%
Serve with Roasts or game
Awards 90 pts, Decanter, 2023; 93 Pts, Wine Spectator, 2023; 92 Pts, James Suckling, 2023; 91 Pts, The Wine Advocate, 2023
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Subregion Chianti Classico Riserva
Grapes Sangiovese 80%, Canaiolo 20%
Body D
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork

Established in Greve in Chianti in 1967 by the Sacchet and Zaccheo families, Carpineto farms 500 hectares of sustainably farmed land, spread amongst five carbon neutral estates in the regions of Chianti Classico, Alto Valdarno, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino and Maremma. Carpineto holds the VIVA certification for sustainability, and is accredited ISO 14001 and IFS. Formerly IWSC Italian Wine Producer of the Year, Carpineto was also the first ever Italian winery to be awarded the IWSC International Winemaker of the Year. Antonio Zaccheo is now assisted by his son Antonio and daughter Francesca, who have both previously worked in the wine trade in the USA. Giovanni Sacchet's daughter, Caterina, joined the Carpineto winemaking team after finishing her viticulture and oenology degree. Carpineto produces exquisite wines with elegant typicity.

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