Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Riserva 2010 Carpineto
#26 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2015
This exceptional red wine derives its name from the Renaissance town of Montepulciano, located in the province of Siena. The term "Nobile" seems to originate from the fact that in the past its production was reserved exclusively for the aristocratic, noble families of the town. And the with is made from the noblest grape in the region, Sangiovese. The grapes were macerated on the skins with the must for 10-15 days. The frequent pump-overs are accomplished using special pumps designed to move solid parts very gently. The wine aged two years in large Slavonian oval oak barrels, with a small percentage aging in French oak barrels. Wine Spectator scored it 93 points saying "Enticing aromas of sweet cherry, leather, spice and underbrush stay focused on the palate as this harmonious red unfolds. The hint of oak on the finish suggests this still has time to evolve. Offers a mineral-laced finish. Drink now through 2024."