Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino is located near the town of Siena in the Tuscany region of Italy. The winery produces a total of six red wines. They use a number of varietals, including Sangiovese, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, to name a few.
The 2009 Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico was created using 90% Sangiovese and 10% “other varietals”. It was aged in oak barrels for 12 months. The wine’s ABV was 14%. There were 50,000 bottles of this vintage produced. The wine’s designation was DOCG.
I came across this bottle in Wine Spectator’s value section. They often have some good suggestions at relatively low prices. A friend and I agreed split a case (if it turns out to be bad, you aren’t stuck with 11 more bottles!).
It turned out to be a good deal for both of us.
Prior to tasting, the wine was decanted for one hour.
The wine was garnet red in color.
Red and black fruit were the strong notes on the nose. There was a hint of vanilla in the background. The aromas were straight and to the point, not complex or intertwined.
On my first sip, plum, black currant, and black cherries were notable. Pepper pleasantly snuck in on the back end. The wine was a bit tight, even after the decant. I would attribute part of that to the vintage. A few years should help bring things together.
The finish was medium, and had a nice peppery touch to it.
My meal with this wine began with a simple salad of Iceberg lettuce, cucumber, green and black olives, mixed with Spanish olive oil and red wine vinegar. My main course consisted of sauteed soy salmon burgers, a side of steamed broccoli and some crusty French bread. The wine was a perfect match for this dinner. Fontalpino would go well with any classic Italian fare (bring on the tomato sauce!), roasted beef, pork, or poultry. Some might even try it with fish (more research!).
This was a good bottle of wine. The cost was $20. This vintage is a compelling buy at that price. I look forward to tasting my remaining bottles.