Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Brunelllo di Montalcino 2012 (see blue links below).
Carpineto Brunelllo 2012 - November 2017 Decanter review
A fine Brunello with big and traditional flavours of leather, dried fruits and savoury roast meat through to a dry and robust finish.
Carpineto was founded in 1967 by Antonio Zaccheo and Giovanni Sacchet and farms 424 hectares of land spread over four estates among Tuscany's most prestigious appellations. The original aim of the producers - to produce modern, world-class red wine from the Chianti Classico appellation (a radical departure when most Chianti was still produced in the traditional wine-making style) - has been admirably fulfilled.
Vintage 2012 was characterised by high quality wines, with a great polyphenolic structure and a high alcohol content. The wines are balanced, with a great expression of variety and terroir and are capable of longevity. Vineyard Carpineto's Montalcino estate is one of the highest in the appellation at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, with ten hectares of vineyard planted to Sangiovese Grosso on a dry farmed hillside. With a slightly northern exposure, the vineyard is surrounded by thick woods, which protect it from the warm and humid westerly winds that come up from the Maremma.
The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity levels and carefully selected. The fermentation took place in temperature controlled vats with a maceration on skins lasting approximately 16 days. The wine was aged in Slovenian oak barrels for three years, followed by at least six months bottle ageing.
A mature Brunello showing a complex bouquet of spice, hints of vanilla, deep red cherries and a touch of raspberry. Elegant and well textured, with a warm and smooth palate and a long finish.