2016 Carpineto Vino di Nobile Montepulciano Riserva, Tuscana, Italy – WS95

2016 Carpineto Vino di Nobile Montepulciano Riserva, Tuscana, Italy – WS95




Producing wine since 1967, and probably better known for its Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, Carpineto’s Vino di Nobile Montepulciano Riserva is no fluke.  The winery’s 2013 Riserva received the same 95-point rating from Wine Spectator.

Montepulciano is a rival hilltop village separated by the Orcia Valley about 20 miles to the east of Montalcino.  Both DOCG requires the same Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile) used for their wines.  However, unlike Montalcino which must be 100% varietal, Montepulciano is at liberty to include Canaiolo and other varietal.   Carpineto’s Riserva was aged for two years in large 5,500 liter Slavonian oval oak barrels, with a small component in French oak barrique, and then rested another 8 months in bottle.   By this time you should know 2016 will be a legendary and benchmark vintage in Tuscany.

I should mention there is a new Montepulciano DOCG regulation, most likely taking effect this year, which will elevate a new tier above the Riserva classification to be known as “Pieve”.  Similar in nature to the Chianti Classico’s “Gran Selizione”,  the grapes will have to be from vineyards that not only are owned or controlled by the producer, but also are entirely from within the named pieve (12 different historical parish precincts have been identified).  2020 Vino Nobile Pieve wines would be available on the market by early 2024. The Region of Tuscany approved the plan in June 2021, sending it to the Ministry of Agriculture for national-level ratification.

“A mix of fruity and savory, this red reveals as much eucalyptus, bay leaf, thyme and tobacco as black cherry, blackberry and licorice. Concentrated and solidly built, lingering with an aftertaste of dark fruit and Mediterranean herbs, plus iron and tobacco. Best from 2023 through 2042. 15,000 cases made, 7,800 cases imported.” 95 points BS – Wine Spectator (September 30, 2021)


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