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Carmignano DOCG Lasorda Signature

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Diploma di Menzione Speciale (2nd Prize Overall)
2008 Regione Toscana 8th Annual Selezione dei Vini di Toscana 

  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Tuscany
  • District: Carmignano
  • Varietals: 70% Sangiovese blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo and 5% Merlot
  • Varietals: Single vineyard ad vintage
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Aging: Minimum 14 to 18 months in French allier barriques and refined 6 months in bottle
  • Bottle: 1.5 liter Magnum
  • Limited Annual Production and Domestic Availability 

Winemaker: Fattoria Artimino

Wine Notes:

If Rubies had flavor... this is what they would taste like!

A classic and prestigious red wine Italy first created and produced by the royal Medici family of Tuscany back in the early 9th century. This wine at one time was the most valuable wine in all of Italy.
 
Years ago, the growers and winemakers of Carmignano decided to give up the Chianti denomination and obtain their own designation. Their request was approved in 1975 and the newly revised regulations took effect the same year. The first citations of Carmignano wine go back to the 14th century, and documents drawn up in 1369 show that Carmignano wines cost four times as much as any other wine in that period and were one of the most valuable commodities in all of Europe.
 
Over two centuries later, the terms were reapplied in setting the boundaries of Carmignano and re-establishing the Congregation. The organization supervises the ancient Carmignano denomination of origin within the area first delimited by the edict of 1716. The statutes contain 35 articles, placing special importance on controls in planting vines, quality checks on the grapes at harvest, and the wine in the winery before bottling, making this one of the most controlled wines in Tuscany.
 
The Lasorda Signature Series Collectable Carmignano is produced by Fattoria Artimino at the Villa Artimino vineyards, and within the strict DOCG guidelines, standards, and controls, as well as the production laws set by the Consorzio di Vini Carmignano. Carmignano is one of the smallest DOCG production zones in all of Italy.
 
The history of Villa Artimino is long and distinguished:
Etruscan Period (7th century BC):
The Villa was the center of an important township with the main grape/wine production area called the "Borgo" and the sacred center where the Villa currently stands today.
 
Roman Period (2nd century BC):
Distribution of the land was granted to the veterans returning from the Gauls and during this period the entire estate was transformed into an agricultural center.
 
Medieval Period (7th century AD):
The valued land fell into a fight between the cities of Florence, Pistoia, and Pisa for territorial control.
 
Medici Period (9th century AD):
The land and site was loved by Cosimo I de Medici. His son, Ferdinando, ordered Buontalenti to design the Villa and it was turned into a large hunting estate by Francesco II, and the royal Medici vineyards and land were qualified and established.
 
Today the Villa acts as a convention center with a 4 star hotel and restaurants. The royal Medici farm, vineyards, and winery, now know as the area of Carmignano, are amongst the best in all of Italy and produce one of the famed and prestigious DOCG red wines of Italy, the Carmignano.

Winemaker Notes:

Up to 18 months in allier barriques give this wine its wonderful character and balance. At sight a bright deep ruby red in color with straw colored reflections. The nose is wide and full with fragrance of wild red berries and withered rose accentuated by the Allier Barriques. The taste is dry without asperity, round, soft, smooth, with elegant structure, great character, with an intense and rich fruit forward body, followed by a long, well balanced, flavorful finish. 

This wine becomes more refined for 5 to 8 years or longer.

Decanting Highly Recommended.

Pairing:

An excellent wine to enjoy with wild game, roasted or grilled meats, pork, poultry, and pasta.

Price: $499.98