Medium garnet color; cherry, balsamic, tomato on the nose; black cherry, raspberry, blackberry, plum, licorice on the palate.
Dry; some dense tannic bite; a touch rustic; balancing acidity. Earthy, meaty, not for the faint of palate but will please those who enjoy a dark-fruit wine with an attitude. Carmignano is place where Leonardo da Vinci grew up, and Sancti Blasii was the name of the city in the 1200s. Super Tuscan blend of 70% sangiovese, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot. Finished for 15 months in first and second use French oak barriques. 14% ABV
The makers have a deep history. From the website: “Since 1578 our family has taken care tenaciously and confidently of the products of a generous and unique land, in Tuscany, where centuries-old vines and olive trees coexist in an aesthetic combination of great emotional impact. Our wines, our oil and our grappa tell a past and a present made of memory, traditions and techniques, which enhance the potential of nature and the human work. The bond of these experiences is our strength and we are proud to make it shared.”
More info: “Since the 16th century our family has lived and worked in this land of Carmignano with the dedication that we have passed down over time to the new generations, so that they can remember and respect what nature has given us. The art of winemaking has always been our commitment, our mission, which grandparents Luigi and Maria Beatrice, sons Maria Pia, Claudia, Luigi, and grandchildren Elisabetta, Gabriele and Matilde have always cherished.
Our family history represents our heritage today, a the story of passion and dedication in enhancing the resources of a particularly suitable territory.”
Colline San Biagio Carmignano Sancti Blasii DOCG 2015 is earthy, assertive Super Tuscan. Loaded with dark fruit flavors. Brawny, rustic, makes a dark fruit statement from initial attack through the finish. Not suitable for novice red wine drinkers, but has things to enjoy is you are a Super Tuscan aficionado. Best paired with hearty food—steaks, barbecue, meat-lover pizza; pasta with meat balls and tomato-based sauces; meatloaf, burgers, assertive comfort food; lamb; aged cheese; cured meats—charcuterie tray. $20