Tenuta di Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano
Named after the historic Medici property known as "Barco Reale" - meaning Royal Property – which was established in 1626. Today, Sangiovese, Cabernet and Canaiolo grow in this ancient area that was a hunting preserve surrounded by walls over 30 miles long. This estate has records dating back to 804 A.D., showing contracts for vines and olive trees for wine and olive oil respectively. Farming is organic and indigenous yeast is used in the wine making process. The wine is aged approximately 7 months in Slavonian oak. Carmignano is its own DOC, just like its neighbors in Chianti. What makes Carmignano unique is its own microclimate, soils, and working with international varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon). Cabernet Sauvignon was first brought to this area in the 15th century with cuttings from Bordeaux by Catherine de Medici, who was then Queen of France. Barco Reale has a shiny, rich ruby red colour in the glass. Cherry and plum aromas are complemented by a touch of oak. Rounded and ripe on the palate, it shows lovely balanced fruit and tannin structure. There is a hint of spiced berries on the long, elegant finish.