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Carpineto, Farnito – A Cabernet Sauvignon From The Hills Of Tuscany

I’m not a gourmet cook, but occasionally I grab my pizza stone and whip together a brick oven masterpiece with fresh mozzarella and homemade tomato sauce accented by a touch of pesto. For this classic, I am often torn between drinking a California Cabernet and Chianti Classico.

A tasty Italian red that threads this needle is the 2000 Carpineto, Farnito which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This Super Tuscan (a Tuscan red that falls outside the traditional blending laws) displays the ripe rich fruit of a California Cabernet as well as the subtle earthy nuances of a Chianti, but without its overpowering acidity.

What is truly special about this Italian gem – besides its price – is how well it compliments food. It doesn’t overwhelm with overly extracted fruit or numb your palate with excess alcohol. Distinct aromas of mushroom and earth carry through to the palate where they are supported by subtle red berry flavors, hints of spice, vanilla and licorice. This is a full bodied wine that is silky smooth and finishes with elegant tannins.

One of the hallmarks of Italian wine — and culture — is that they drink wine with food. In fact, food and wine are married together in a way that no other country or culture can match. They are meant to be loved together as an enhancer to the taste of both products, as well as a way to unite the people at the table.

Delight in not only with brick oven pizza, but with meatballs and spaghetti, lasagna, steak and cheese.

Andrew Wellisch

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