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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 1998
Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 1998
(search item no. 53608)
Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva is fermented under cool, controlled temperatures and then stored in stainless steel tanks. After spending 10 months in large Slavonian oak barrels, the wine is transferred back to stainless steel for further aging. The wine is then bottled and held at the winery in the bottle for at least 10 months. The resulting wine is generous, full, warm and rich.

Characteristics: An intense, brilliant ruby hue with garnet reflections, a complex, persistent bouquet with nuances of vanilla, plums and raspberries. A velvety, harmonious, elegant taste and a long, rich finish. Grapes: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo. Alcohol: 13.5% Food Affiliations: Steaks, chops, roasts, especially those flavored with rosemary and garlic, rack of lamb, filet mignon, cheeses, game and game birds, veal chops, Bistecca Fiorentina.

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About Carpineto:

Carpineto is a partnership between the award winning winemaker Giovanni C. Sacchet and the dynamic Antonio M. Zaccheo, offering a product line of wines spanning from the most prestigious Tuscan DOCG appellations to varietal specific wines of great structure as well as innovative proprietary blends. The winery is widely regarded as one of the quality leaders on the Italian winemaking landscape, exporting the majority of the wine production to over 30 countries worldwide. About 90% of Carpineto's wine production is red wine, 65% of this being "riserva" wines that are aged three or more years before their release date. Since Carpineto generally ages their red wines six to twelve months longer than the minimum time required by DOCG appellation rules the cellars hold at least three consecutive vintages of wine at any given time. This long aging period has allowed Carpineto to build a reputation for high quality and consistency, vintage after vintage.

Carpineto was established in 1967 in the small historic settlement of Dudda, in the township of Greve in Chianti, with the mission of making world class Chianti Classico. This was a radical departure from the marketplace of the Sixties, when the industry was focused on the production of Chianti in the traditional winemaking style sold in the typical "fiasco" bottle. The visionary founders, captured by the Tuscan landscape, the soil and the climate, immediately saw the untapped potential this land possessed to produce great wines. By applying modern viticultural and winemaking methods they set their goals far beyond the quality standards traditional viticultural and winemaking methods were yielding at the time. With this premise, the unyielding determination of their youth, and an uncompromising focus on making the best wines this land could produce the Carpineto mission of marrying tradition with innovation had set sail.

The Carpineto winemaking style is to deliver wines that are full bodied, complex and fruity in character, with a round, supple tannin structure and a long, persistent, clean finish. Despite their approachability upon release, Carpineto's red wines are designed for long cellar aging of twenty years or longer.