Capezzana Barco Reale DOC 2009


Barco Reale is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo Nero and 5% Cabernet Franc. This wine comes from a separate DOC, known as Barco Reale, created in 1994 and named after a celebrated Medici residence. Though sourced from the Estate vineyards, Capezzana use this bottling for their slightly younger/de-classified fruit. The wine was matured in 25 hectolitre Allier oak barrels for 12 months before bottling, followed by three months in bottle before release. It's a lovely, textured red with bistro-style (or should that be osteria-style) freshness and glugability. For those who have supported this wine over the years, the 2009 has a little more plump fruit than the last couple of vintages. It's still very much an intensely savoury red with lots of autumnal fruit flavours and earthy complexity. There are also those signature hints of forest floor and porcini mushrooms. A fine tannin backbone carries the flavours to a long-lasting finish. A local osteria in Carmignano (Su Pe 'i' Canto) serves a delicious rolled rabbit stuffed with pear and figs that would be just right with this!

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