Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
|Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
A rich, harmonious red, displaying cherry, raspberry, iron, leather and earth aromas and flavors, with a hint of caraway. Sleek and succulent, shows a well-integrated structure and a flight-to-Mars-and-back finish. Best from 2024 through 2046. 600 cases made, 300 cases imported.
The Carpineto 2015 Riserva is sourced from the highest elevation vineyard of the estate, Vigna Paradiso, at over 1500 feet elevation, and spends 42 months in oak casks of various sizes. The nose is forward, with baking spice, fresh red plum, and leather. The palate is ripe but crisp, with cherry fruit, tea leaf, and a firm tannin structure. For my taste, this is one of the more vibrant expressions at the Riserva category in this warm vintage and should be well enjoyed over the next 20 years.
The 2015 Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva mixes rich plum sauce and brown spice with lifting notes of wild herbs and white smoke. There's an earthy, flowery undergrowth component that comes forward with time and really completes the expression. It's deeply textural with a salty, savory persona, as flavors of cherry sauce and sage give way to baker's chocolate and hints of tobacco. The finish is structured yet maintains balance, coming across as youthfully tannic but also clean and fresh. There's a bit of a rustic feel here, yet it only serves to further accentuate the experience.
Violet, baking-spice and wild-cherry aromas mingle with a whiff of new leather. Tangy and savory, the lithe palate offers dried cherry, orange zest and licorice accompanied by polished, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023-2028.