This exceptional red wine derives its name from the Renaissance town of Montepulciano, located in the province of Siena. The term “Nobile” seems to originate from the fact that in the past its production was reserved exclusively for the aristocratic, noble families of the town. From vineyards planted to a minimum of 70% Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile) and a maximum of 30% of Canaiolo and other authorized grape varieties. Aged two years in large 5,500 liter Slavonian oval oak barrels, with a small part in French oak barrels. After bottling the wine is aged in temperature controlled cellars for at least 12 months before release. In order to deliver the highest quality, Carpineto has chosen to age this wine one year longer than the 3 years required by appellation rules for a Riserva wine.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of three great Sangiovese DOCG zones in Tuscany (along with Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino) and certainly the oldest and the smallest. Montepulciano wine was first documented in 789 AD when a cleric, Arnipert, offered the church of San Silvestre some vineyards attached to the castle of Policiano; in his `Historical & Geographical Dictionary of Tuscany’ Repetti mentions the trade in Montepulciano wines from 1350. In the mid-16th century Pope John III’s cellarman praised the region’s wine as `perfect in both winter and summer; aromatic, fleshy, never sour nor brightly-coloured, because it is a wine fit for a Nobleman’ while in his ode `Bacchus in Tuscany’ (1685) Redi triumphantly proclaims that `Montepulciano is the king of all wines!’ Despite all this, wines from Montepulciano clearly lost their lustre in the 19th century when they were mostly labelled and sold as Chianti. With the creation of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOC in the 1960s, and its promotion to DOCG status in 1980, however, the region’s identity and focus was firmly restored.
The appearance is a brilliant ruby red colour with, leaning toward garnet. The nose is ethereal, extraordinarily elegant with hints of violet and wood. On the palate it is dry, harmonic, fruity and velvety, with an elegant texture and long finish. Can be served with aged cheeses and game, especially wild boar.