Antonio Michael Zaccheo Jr. was in town recently to promote the wines of Carpineto, the Tuscan house founded by his father and partner Giovanni Sacchet. Carpineto makes wine across Tuscany, with wineries and vineyards in Chianti, Montepulciano, Montalcino and Maremma. When I met him last week, we tasted through a selection of nine wines across the range. The 2008 Chianti Classico, 2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano were superlative examples of their respective regions, and both the 2009 Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Molin Vechio, which is a blend of Sangiovese and Syrah, fit the earthy profile of Tuscan wines, despite their international varietals. Carpineto makes wines of place, and the big find from the tasting was the 2012 Dogajolo Rosso IGT (LCBO 361501 – $14.60), a Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, widely available on the LCBO general list shelves and tremendous value for a wine under $15 and a great weekday wine for warm supper son cool nights.. In the video below, Antonio Michael Zaccheo talks about the origins of Carpineto and the philosophy of the winery.
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