Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano
Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano is a shiny and rich ruby red in the glass. Cherry and plum aromas are complemented by a touch of oak. Rounded and ripe on the palate, with a lovely balanced fruit and tannin structure. There is a hint of spiced berries on the long, elegant finish.
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 dating back to 804. The family discovered in the archives of Florence a contract signed in 804 for the rent of vines and olive groves at Capezzana.
The responsibility for ensuring the continuation of such longevity now lies with siblings Benedetta and Vittorio Contini Bonacossi, who look after the winery and the vineyards respectively. Franco Bernabei is now consulting at Capezzana, and his presence is evident in the big step up in quality we’ve seen in the 2013 Barco Reale.
The estate now has 90 hectares of vineyard, all of which are cultivated organically. The balance in the vineyard is now being preserved in the wines. The Vin Ruspo is dry and scented and delicious, while the reds are all displaying supple and silky tannins. It is exciting to see this ancient estate being revitalised by its current ‘guardians’.
The grapes for this wine are grown on the estate’s 104 hectares of vineyard which are situated at approximately 150-200 metres above sea level, facing south, south-east and south-west. Soils are schistous clay with limestone.
Barco Reale is a younger version of the Carmignano from Capezzana, as the fruit is sourced from slightly younger vines in the same vineyards. Fermentation lasted 7 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Maceration took place in stainless steel tanks and lasted for seven days. The wine was matured in 25hl Allier oak barrels for 12 months before bottling, followed by three months in bottle before release.
Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano – Hay Wines
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