Wine Reviews

Brunello di Montalcino 2016 – Carpineto

Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - Carpineto - © Ph. Piero Pardini - The Wolf Post
Written by Piero Pardini

Credits: © Piero Pardini – The Wolf Post

It was 1967 when two very young boys, Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo, 19 years old one, 23 the other, one just graduated from the Valdobbiadene oenology school, the other grew up in the world of wine and agriculture but determined to start from scratch, relying only on his strength, they founded Carpineto, with the intention of producing the best Chianti Classico that the “terroir” could offer.
A broad vision on the part of the two young partners and a real revolution for those times, in which the universally desired result was quantity and not quality. The two partners and friends, who immediately bet on the most suitable territories, saw enormous potential in Tuscany, where they could produce great traditional wines by applying the most avant-garde techniques in production processes, increasing the quality standards of the time and tracing first a path. Innovators by vocation, Sacchet and Zaccheo, together with the new generations, Caterina Sacchet, oenologist, Elisabetta Sacchet, Francesca Zaccheo and Antonio Michael Zaccheo, Export Manager, have continued to experiment, respecting the great historical values of Tuscany and a quality maintained on very high standards, with the aim of protecting not only the characteristics of the wines but also the environment. Over the years, Carpineto, which has maintained its family structure, has grown steadily to become a brand with international success, established for the excellence of its products and very well positioned abroad with direct exports to over 70 countries, Canada and the United States in the lead.

Ownership: Sacchet and Zaccheo families
Oenological management: Gabriele Ianett, Caterina Sacchet
Agronomic management: Mauro Micheli, Tommaso Masi
Viticulture: conventional and eco-sustainable
Vineyard hectares: 216.5
Bottles produced: 3,100,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Oil production: yes
Foundation year: 1967

Wine: Brunello di Montalcino
Variety composition: 100% Sangiovese Grosso.
Alcoholic strength: 14% vol.
Vintage: 2016
Classification: D.O.C.G. (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin)
Winemaking techniques:: medium duration red maceration, with fermentation temperature control.
Maturation: three years in large oak barrels of different capacities, then six months or more of refinement in the bottle, in rooms at a constant temperature.

Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - Carpineto

© Carpineto

Visual exam
Clarity: limpid
Color: ruby red
Consistency: consistent
Observations: with light garnet reflections.
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Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity, spicy and toasted
Observations: the sample opens to the nose with floral hints of wildflowers, followed by a fruity scent reminiscent of blueberry, raspberry and cherry, delicate and persistent spiciness of vanilla and cinnamon, toasting crunchy almond and cigar box close.

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity, spicy and toasted
Observations: the sample opens to the nose with floral hints of wildflowers, followed by a fruity scent reminiscent of blueberry, raspberry and cherry, delicate and persistent spiciness of vanilla and cinnamon, toasting crunchy almond and cigar box close.

Taste – olfactory examination
Softness
Sugar: dry
Alcohols: warm
Polyalcohols: smooth
Hardness
Acids: fresh
Tannins: tannic
Minerality: moderately salty
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: moderately balanced
Intensity: intense
Persistence: persistent
Quality: very good
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Final remarks
State of Evolution: mature
Harmony: harmonious

Pairings: baked larded pheasant.

Carpineto S.r.l.
Dudda – 50022 Greve in Chianti (FI)
Phone +39 055 8549062
E-mail: info@carpineto.com
Website: www.carpineto.com

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About the author

Piero Pardini

Da Maggio 2002, giornalista pubblicista.
Coautore del saggio "Gianni Clerici - Lo scrittore, il poeta il giornalista", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Dal 2015, Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier- Italian Sommelier Association).
Scrive di vino, enogastronomia, sport, tecnologie.
Dal 2016, direttore responsabile di "The Wolf Post", di cui è il fondatore.

Freelance journalist, since May 2002.
Co-author of the essay "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Since 2015, Sommelier AIS (Italian Sommelier Association).
He writes about wine, sport and technologies.
Since 2016, founder and editor-in-chief of "The Wolf Post".