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Wine of the Month: Villa di Capezzana Carmignano 2000 ($22.00)

June 23rd, 2004

Carmignano is a small wine region of Tuscany just west of Florence. This region has been producing wines since the 1400s. The predominant grape used is sangiovese, consistent with the rest of Tuscany. What is different about wines from this region, as compared to Chianti, is that the producers have more flexibility on the grape varieties used. Although 50% of the wine needs to be sangiovese, it is common to use cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc. In other words, the wine maker can make blends like the “Super Tuscans”, but the wines are at more reasonable prices. Villa di Capezzana is a terrific example of a well made Carmignano. This wine is a blend of 80% sangiovese and 20% cabernet sauvignon. It is a deep ruby red, fat and dense, with a well balanced acidity. The lush fruit fills your mouth with layers of flavor. You can taste ripe berries, spice, with hints of chocolate and leather. This is a tasty wine that I plan to drink all summer.

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