From border to border, Italy is a hot spot for excellent wines and culture. Most recognizable is perhaps the Tuscany region of Italy in which styles like chianti, brunello di montalcino and carmignano are all produced. Each of these deliver something different and something to remember.

In general, Tuscany is a favorite region of mine and its vibrant wine culture makes it all the more appealing. Taking things a bit further, we’re going to talk about a carmignano known as Capezzana Barco Reale. It’s a 2014 that compiles four grapes to make up its body.

After the mid-September process of harvesting the grapes, they’re pressed and fermented for further development. A temperature-controlled maceration occurs while beginning fermentation happens in stainless steel tanks.

This carmignano is a red blend that’s made up of 70 percent Sangiovese, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Canaiolo and five percent Cabernet Franc. The blend’s aging is set in Allier barrels for half a year and then three months of aging occurs in bottles.

The Capezzana Barco Reale possesses an incredibly well balanced body that finishes quite nicely. Its preview pops out with scents of blackberry and dark cherry, though the former came across more clearly to me. This red possesses a nice blend of complexity and balance. The palate comes across quite similarly to the nose, with blackberry dominating most of the hints.

Others of you will find the dark cherry comes through more clearly on the palate. Wine drinkers will enjoy the carmignano with any pasta, red meat or white meat dish. When I sampled the Capezzana Barco Reale, I paired it with an Italian manicotti dish. The two fit perfectly with each other.

The Capezzana Barco Reale is an excellent wine that will grow on you from the first taste. I highly recommend it, particularly for any Italian wine lovers out there. The Capezzana Barco Reale is an fabulous red and checks in with an alcohol by volume of 13.5 percent. Wine drinkers can pick the red up for the standard price of $15. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on wine.

About Steve Ruygrok

Gaming, Spirits, and Craft Beer enthusiast. If you say you don't like beer, then you just haven't had the right type yet. Great spirits keep away the bad ones. Video games are kind of amazing, just do it...or something like that. Contact me at weplaythingssteve@gmail.com

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