Ambra Barco Reale di Carmignano 2009

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

Price: $17.99
Item No. 110231
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

A textbook Tuscan offering revealing notions of saddle leather, forward cherry fruit, smoke, herbs, and earth. Robust-bodied with tangible acidity, this easy-drinking wine is best consumed over the next 2-3 years.

A fresh, fruity and youthful blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Cabernet and Merlot vinified 80% in concrete tanks and 20% for 6-8 months in tonneaux.

Sangiovese - 75% Cabernet sauvignon - 10% Canaiolo - 10% colorino & merlot - 5%

Critical Acclaim

"Deep red. Lovely red fruit aromas show above average depth and complexity for this category of wine, with pretty floral and vanilla nuances adding appeal. The ripe and very pure flavors of redcurrant, red cherry and cranberry are utterly captivating, with lively acidity and polished tannins giving the wine shape and structure. Finishes with lingering violet and marzipan note. This is like putting your nose into a bowl of mixed ripe red fruits; I really found it hard to put the glass down. This may be the best young Barco Reale (the younger, lighter-styled wine of the Carmignano category) that I have ever tasted."
90 Points

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Learn About Ambra

"Ambra has become my favorite producer of Carmignano. I am a sucker for their super-rich, expansive, creamy-textured style of red wine. Ambra's wines are the Pomerols of Tuscan viticulture." -Robert Parker

Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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