|2018||CA104B18||6 x 75||Natural Cork||Contact Us|
|2018||CA104M18||1 x 150||Natural Cork||Contact Us|
Capezzana, situated in the Carmignano zone to the west of Florence, is owned and run by the Contini Bonacossi family, the latest in a long line of owners. In fact, in the archives in Florence, they discovered a contract for the rent of vines and olive groves at Capezzana signed in 804 AD.
Today, the responsibility for ensuring the continuation of such longevity lies with the fourth generation of the Contini Bonacossi family, with Beatrice looking after all marketing and communication aspects and her sister Benedetta in charge of winemaking. Franco Bernabei is their consultant winemaker, and his contribution and presence has given the wines additional focus and personality.
The estate has 80 hectares of vineyard and 30,000 olive trees, all of which are farmed organically (the wines are certified organic from the 2015 vintage onwards). The reds all display supple and silky tannins combined with luminous fruit: the ‘Barco Reale’ is rounded and ripe with a great balance between fruit and structure. The ‘Villa di Capezzana’ Carmignano is made with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and is aged for an average of 12 months in French oak. The wine is beautifully intense and elegant. The ’Ugo Contini Bonacossi’ is named after the family’s late patriarch who was a great advocate and ambassador of the Carmignano denomination. The wine is 100% Sangiovese from the Viticciana vineyard, a site selected by Ugo himself. In 1979, Ugo and Vittorio Contini Bonacossi decided to produce a Bordeaux blend in Carmignano, ‘Ghiaie della Furba’. The wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot grapes from a gravelly soil (Ghiaie) near the Furba stream after which the wine is named. The Trebbiano shows aromas of yellow flowers, almond and vanilla from oak ageing. Intense and harmonic on the palate, it has a refreshing acidity and a persistent finish.
Grapes are grown on the estate's 104 hectares of organically-farmed vineyard in the Carmignano zone. Vines are situated at 100-200 metres above sea level, facing south and south-west. Soils are schistous clay and limestone.
2018 started out with a cold and rainy winter, with occasional snowfall. When spring arrived, Capezzana had to take special care in the vineyard to counteract the heat and humidity and combat pests in the vineyard. However, June brought sunny days through to harvest time. Thanks to the scrupulous work in the vineyard earlier in the year at Capezzana they were able to harvest perfectly healthy and ripe grapes.
Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks for seven days, followed by a 13-day maceration on the skins at temperatures between 26-28°C. Then, the wine was transferred into French oak for malolactic fermentation. 70% of the wine was aged in 3.5 hectolitre tonneaux for 12 months and the remaining 30% in larger barrels for 16 months. The wine was then blended and bottled before a further 12 months ageing prior to release.
Tasting Notes & Technical Details
This wine is intense ruby red in colour with youthful highlights. On the nose, there are notes of almonds, violets and blood oranges, which are intertwined with aromas of coffee and vanilla. It is a full-bodied wine with well-balanced acidity. The rounded tannins from the Sangiovese are lifted by the cassis concentration of the Cabernet on the long, concentrated finish.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
Other wines from this producer
|Capezzana||Barco Reale di Carmignano||CA103|
|`Ghiaie della Furba`||CA106|
|Vin Santo di Carmignano||CA107|
|Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Non-Filtered)||CA108|
|Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil||CA109|
|`Ugo Contini Bonacossi`||CA125|