Thursday, March 14, 2013

Carpineto 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva

$14.44-$23.99, 89 points, blazes with an orange-red to cranberry color and a clear rim.
An almost pungent leathery clove aroma wafts out of the glass.
My first impression is that of flowers and licorice, but the fruit is mostly a neutral boysenberry, though okay, not what I would have expected.
The medium body grips with acidity and moderate tannin, but the finish, though long, show-cases only the palate without a climax.
Food friendly? That you can count on, pasta with tomato sauce is a cinch, and at this price, stock up!


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  1. I'm really interested in this review...I met a Carpineto recently.

    1. Vinogirl, I tend to think that this wine maybe just a bit young yet, and at this point, a sliver less the 2006 wine was (is), but what is interesting to me is just how inexpensive it was.

    2. Also, I opened the wine and drank without waiting, and wrote my review. After waiting several hours and tasting again, I found this wine more developed and with some interesting notes like a juicier blackberry and more spice on the finish. One can almost count on a good Italian red wine to get better with a little air, but circumstances are not always favorable to that purpose.
      Thanks for you interest.

  2. And with food, that's when they really show at their best.