Pratesi Carmione 2004
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Intense ruby red in color and extremely concentrated, Carmione offers a powerful bouquet of sweet wild berries, cedar, licorice and spices. This is a full-bodied, rich, well structured wine with jammy fruit, fine tannins and a persistent finish.
Powerful and complex, Carmione is excellent with grilled steak, game, ribs and aged cheeses.
The Wine Advocate - "The estate’s 2004 Carmione is a blend of 60% Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) and 40% Merlot. This rich, sumptuous red is packed with sweet dark fruit supported by plenty of structure. It shut down quickly in the glass and will require some patience, but offers outstanding potential. It is a terrific effort from Pratesi. Anticipated maturity. 2009-2019."
Situated on 12 acres of land, perched on the hills of Carmignano, near the town of Capezzano, Pratesi has been producing some of Tuscany’s finest wines since the early 1980’s. Carmignano and its glorious past has only recently been able to reestablish itself as a wine of great strength and character by receiving DOCG status. Pratesi, eagerly, has not missed a beat. During the first vintage of "Carmignano" D.O.C.G. in 1983, Pratesi yielded 3,000 to 4,000 bottles. In 1995 Pratesi earned their first gold medal for their 1991 "Carmignano" Riserve from Pramaggiore, an award reserved to Italian D.O.C. and D.O.C.G. only wines. Since 1997 changes have been taking place at the winery with the construction of a new wine cellar and the addition of new vines that will permit them to increase the production and finally bring the 2001 harvest to a total of 45,000 bottles including a third red wine. The company’s goal is to produce wines of the highest quality by maintaining its careful and strict selection and to continue to meet the criteria and expectations of excellence. View all Pratesi Wines
About Tuscany(TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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