This 2-pack includes 1 bottle of 2008 - Nottola Anterivo, and 1 bottle of 2010 - Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico.
2008 - Nottola Anterivo
"A tightly wound red, whose cherry, blackberry, tobacco and mineral flavors are wrapped in a strong grip of tannins. This is fresh, with enough fruit to balance its structure. Spice and mineral notes grace the finish. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2025. 500 cases made." (10/11) - 92 Pts Wine Spectator
"The 2008 Anterivo is a fresh, beautifully delineated wine laced with black cherries, espresso, flowers, crushed rocks and menthol, all of which come together nicely in the glass. A persistent vein of minerality gives the wine its focus and sense of direction. This is a terrific showing from Nottola. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018." (08/11) - 90 Pts Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate
"Wine characterised by an intense ruby red colour. Wide aromatic spectrum with delicious notes of vanilla, red fruits and sweet spices. Round and soft on the palate, with complex tannins. Persistent." - Winery
"Made from Merlot and Sangiovese. The soil is mainly clay, rich in stones. The average age of vines are 14 years old. The harvest is done between September and October. Maceration on the skins for 20 days with numerous pressings. 20% Salasso method (free-run juice). Fermentation in stainless steel, with aging done in French oak barriques for 12 months." - Winery
2010 - Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico:
"A solid Chianti Classico, with lots of raspberries and dried strawberry character. Full and chewy with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink now or hold." (08/12) - 92 Pts James Suckling - JamesSuckling.com
"CARPINETA FONTALPINO has been for the past 20 years one of the leading producers in the southern part of the Chianti Classico region. The Montaperti area (next to Berardenga) is famous for producing very masculine, rustic and powerful Sangiovese. The owners Gioia & Filippo Cresti along with "Top Rated winemaker" Carlo Ferrini, created a range of wines traditionally made with innovative character. 15 years ago they planted unknown varieties in Tuscany such as Petit Verdot, Alicante and Gamay getting back fantastic results." -Importer
VITICULTURE & VINIFICATION:
"The CARPINETA FONTALPINO vineyard has been owned by the CRESTI family since the 1960's, and you find traces of the wine producing traditions dating back to the beginning of the past century. (1800) The vineyard is located in the heart of Tuscany, very close to the splendid city of Siena and the historical municipal of Castelnuovo Berardenga into historic place of Montaperti. The surrounding territory is rich in history, legends and love. Passed on to those who are fortunate to visit it, through strong emotions and its unforgettable atmosphere. We have the honour and privilege to live here and we strive to maintain the unaltered countryside and its traditions."
"We are very proud to be part of such a generous area, which never ceases to surprise.Gioia is the vineyard's oenologist and is responsible for all the production phases, from wine making to the aging, choosing the best grapes and bestowing to the whole production her own personal style. Filippo is mainly involved in the productive part and organization of the countryside and also the commercial and marketing development side of the business. The property extends to about 80 hectares and presents various cultivar. The area planted with vines extends to about 23 hectares of specialized vines, sub-divided into grape types of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other experimental vines (petit verdot, alicante etc). The production areas are Chianti Classico and Colle Senesi." -Winery
This wine was also scored 88 Point by Wine Spectator.