Drinking Like Royalty

Let’s break down the name of one of Italy’s most notable wines, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Vino Nobile translates to “Noble Wine” in English, literally meaning the noble wine of Montepulciano – what a prestigious name, right? In fact, Nobile was among the first few DOCG wines on the market when the DOCG regulations were instituted.

Vino Nobile vineyards have been home to some of the best grapes in the region of Montepulciano for centuries, having been enjoyed by kings, nobles and popes. In the 1600s, if you were invited to dine with royalty or the upper class, you’d most likely be served this noble wine. Carpineto’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva is made up of 90% estate grown Prugnolo Gentile (a local clone of the Sangiovese grape) and 10% Canaiolo Nero.

I like to compare this wine as falling somewhere on the scale between its Tuscan neighbors, Chianti Classico and Brunello. This wine is fresh and elegant with a gorgeous deep garnet hue, with cherry notes and acidity similar to a Chianti, but more complexity and structure reminiscent of Brunello. With aromas of plum, florals, black currant, cherry, dried herbs and a hint of espresso, Carpineto’s Riserva should be on every wine lover’s radar, and can be enjoyed now or can age for another 5-7 years.