This bistro classic takes its name from Carmignano's celebrated Medici property, Barco Reale. Yes, this estate was once owned by the Medici clan - that's how far things go back here. Barco Reale is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo Nero and 5% Cabernet Franc created in 1994 to offer a more approachable drinking experience than the estate's more classical, structured reds. In normal vintages, the fruit here hails predominately from the younger vines in the estate's organically managed vineyards. This year, due to the well-documented storms and resultant pressures, Capezzana took the decision to declassify the majority of their Sangiovese into this wine, thus there is plenty of old vine fruit in this (and thus the 2013 Villa di Capezzana will jump straight to the 2015 vintage). The resulting wine was fermented with native yeasts, in tank, before being raised in large, neutral 2,500-litre French oak botti for 12 months. It's a delicious, juicy red with a good depth of sweet cherry, clove and violet-scented fruit and a vibrant, fresh, pippy close. It will work with a wide variety of foods. Simply, a super value."Capezzana's 2014 Barco Reale di Carmignano packs a serious punch. Dark cherry, smoke, herbs, licorice and scorched earth all give the wine a distinctly virile, masculine personality.

Capezzana Barco Reale di Camignano

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