Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Value Sangiovese Tasted 2/14

1. Barco Reale di Carmignano. Capezzana (2010)

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Average price: $12.59 from 16 stores
80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon Big and deep on the nose with soft notes of leather, old wood, white pepper some new spicy wood and deep, minty black fruit that shows a distinct medical and slightly candied edge. Bright and taut in the mouth with some rough tannins that need to integrate supporting lovely wild cherry and red currant fruit. The oak makes a distinct impression here, adding spice and a hint of vanilla sweetness to the palate but the fruit is able to handle it fairly well and remains bright, well defined and rich with plummy and wild cherry fruit and a bit of dried herbal spice. Big cherry fruit emerges on the backend and bursts out on the finish with medical undertones and just a hints of toasty wood on the finale. This is a big, rich wine with lots going for it but the oak might turn some off. 89pts
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