Long live wine: longevity in a glass

Many Tuscan appellations lend themselves to being enjoyed well beyond their vintage year, taking on more and more complexity as time passes. One such example is the admirable Brunello di Montalcino.

Our Brunello di Montalcino wine represents elegance and balance from the moment it is bottled. The 2015 vintage, an emblematic example to cite, is persistent and layered on the nose with hints of jam and red fruit that blend perfectly with spice and roasted aromas from vanilla, cocoa and coffee. Over time, Brunello releases all its powerful magnificence. It is a wine with great body and impressive structure, and over the years it considerably increases in thickness, evolving with the development of aromas and flavors. The jam aromas become more and more intense, the tannins – already smooth – become more and more velvety, the persistence more and more ample.

Wine is a living matter, and being so, grows with time in many aspects – visual, olfactory and gustatory. We have many ten-year vintage bottles still aging in our cellars, wines such as Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva from the early 1990s, Chianti Classico Riserva from the late 1980s and more. But where does this great propensity for refinement start? Put simply, what is the secret to longevity?

The answer is not so simple as there is no single secret but we can however start with the blend: Sangiovese. This is a grape of great thickness and solidity, and produces wines with a considerable tannic texture and great acidity. The acidity in a wine is a signal of evolution, a wine that can grow more and more throughout the years. A wine with poor acidity is a wine which has reached the end of its evolutionary cycle. Sangiovese is an example of a grape that gives us structure and longevity in a glass.

The terroir is another factor to longevity in wine and Tuscany is one which we have now entered into full harmony. It is a land which we have respected and loved since 1967 when the company began and the first grape bunches were picked from the vines. It is the Tuscan terroir that has consistently given us quality and never a dull wine. It is a land that is capable of growing with the changing years and seasons. It is precisely this which allows you to taste Tuscany in every Carpineto glass of wine found in its structure, body, longevity, elegance and balance. These are the characteristics of the great wines we produce, wines worthy of a toast in ten, twenty or thirty years from now.