Tuscany’s History of Being Super
Capezzana’s 2009 Barco Reale di Carmignano is the ultimate expression of the value the historic DOC of Barco Reale di Carmignano can offer. In this bottle there’s a satisfying combination of flavor and history as this region – in as early as the 18th century – began blending Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon long before the term “Super Tuscan” was adopted.
Barco Reale or “the Royal Park” is a reference to a huge game reserve established by the Medici family in the 17th century. While the DOCG of Carmignano within the region is known for making substantial higher priced wines held to regulations of oak aging and bottle aging, Barco Reale is not subject to these laws allowing it to produce younger, fresher, more fruit forward wines at a greater value grown in similar conditions.
Tasting Capezzana’s 2009 blind wouldn’t easily point to a sub $20 price tag but this warm vintage encouraged a voluptuously textured expression of sweet cherries, licorice and forest floor flavors. Fine ripe tannins and a refreshing acidity keep this wine easy to drink while providing layers of complexity that point to its regal origins.
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