Tenuta di Capezzana, Carmignano DOCG (Tuscany, Italy) “Villa di Capezzana” 2016

($31, Dalla Terra Winery Direct):  Carmignano, Tuscany’s smallest DOCG, is unique because it requires the use of Cabernet, either Sauvignon or Franc, in the blend with Sangiovese. Capezzana makes the benchmark Carmignano.  Their 2016, from a spectacular vintage and still widely available retail, is a great introduction to the DOCG.  It delivers black cherry-like fruitiness and earthy firmness, focusing on its earthy, not fruity side.  Lovely now after a few years of age, I have no doubt it will continue to evolve, if you can keep your hands off it.  It’s a great buy!
92 Michael Apstein Mar 7, 2023