Amber Carmignano Tuscany

Like a ship sailing on course, Tenuta di Capezzana continuously strives to improve and refine its already impeccable wines.

The Bonacossi family has recently not only increased the vine density in its vineyards, but also modernized the cellar, introducing the French délestage system. The red wines are now fermented in two interconnected vats with the target of increasing their fruitiness, overall quality and shelf life.

Great wines

Baron Eric de Rothschild from Pauillac, a close friend of the Bonacossi family, wrote in their guestbook: Jamais trop jeune, jamais trop vieux. Indeed, ‘never too young, never too old’ is a perfect description of Capezzana’s wines, which are all made in Carmignano, a comune in the province of Prato. Part of the Italian region of Tuscany, it is located about twenty kilometres west of Florence.

Their finest wine, named Ghiaie della Furba, is made out of a Cabernet Sauvignon clone that was pinched in Pauillac on the occasion of a visit to Bordeaux. However, it is not a monovarietal Cabernet Sauvignon, but a blend with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Since 1998 it also includes a dash of Syrah. Annual production is about 30.000 bottles.

Barco Reale is their entry wine. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Cannaiolo, it is a perfect wine for restaurants, but not only because it provides great value for money.

Villa di Capezzana is the name of their traditional Carmignano, with about 80% of Sangiovese and 20% of Cabernet, depending on the vintage. It displays fine aromas of cassis, plum and vanilla, with nicely balanced acidity.

Trefiano is the Carmignano Riserva. Like Barco Reale it is a blend of mainly Sangiovese with a splash Cabernet and Cannaiolo. Fruity, with spicy aromas, it has soft tannins and long, persistent finish.

Carmignano Tuscany, Amber