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Carmignano DOCG Riserva Medicea

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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: Carmingnano
  • Varietals: 75% Sangiovese blended with 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Canaiolo
  • Varietals: Single vineyard and vintage
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Aging: Minimum 3 years in French allier barriques and refined 6 months in bottle
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Limited Annual Production and Domestic Availability

Winemaker: Fattoria Artimino

Wine Notes:

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.

This Villa Medicea Carmignano Riserva is produced 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.

Villa Medicea Artimino History:
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:

3 years in French Allier barriques give this wine its wonderful character and balance. At sight a bright, deep ruby red color with maroon highlights. The nose is wide and full with a persistent bouquet of violets and wild red berries that are accentuated by the Barriques. The taste is dry, sapid, soft, smooth, and warm, with 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: $39.98