Sunday, October 21, 2012

Carpineto 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Revisited

I don't often revisit the same wine, but Carpineto 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva $18.69-$23.99, 90 points, is one of those wines, that clearly demonstrates changes in the wine and changes in the wine taster after over a year and four months. 
This is not going to be a red wine for everyone, as it is just too robust for the average dinner table, with a funky aroma, strong floral quality, near full bodied, still having firm tannin and bright acids. Well, who am I to say! Keep in mind this is a red wine that needs time to breathe; I began drinking this CCR and not liking it, but as the air mellowed EVERY attribute, I began to appreciate just how subtle, complex, and good this wine is.
The color is dense at the core, a bit cloudy, trends ruby, garnet, and finally clear at the rim.
The aroma began funky, but mellowed to prune and licorice.
The tannin is still gripping, and the acidity is yet mouth watering; true to pairing with Italian cuisine.
The near full body is marked by flavors of plum, black cherry, licorice, and coffee.
The finish is long on the palate flavors with some spice.


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  1. I, fairly recently, had the pleasure of meeting a Carpineto in Napa...nice man, nice wine.