There are plenty of moments that call for a meditation wine – a warm conversation with a loved one, when immersing yourself in the pages of a book, enjoying the peaceful countryside landscape of the mountainside slope or while listening to the sound of the sea. The actual term meditation wine was coined by one of the greatest Italian food and wine journalists, Luigi Veronelli, who has added this new lexicon to the mouths of wine lovers.
Meditation is understood as a moment dedicated to oneself, accompanied by the slow and rhythmic sip of a fine sweet wine or an aged wine. These are wines that can ‘stand alone’, so to speak and do not necessarily have to be paired with a meal. At Carpineto we are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a meditation wine – starting with sweet wines. Our Farnito Vinsanto del Chianti 1999 is one of the bottles that makes us proudest. It contains practically an infinite spectrum of olfactory notes, ranging from white summer flowers to honey, dried fruit, yellow fruit, these are just to name a few. It is a perfect wine to accompany those moments we decide to dedicate to ourselves.
Our cellars are filled with Tuscan denominations that can be considered meditation wines, all of which occupy a place of absolute importance. A Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 contains, in all its structure, the character of its terroir the province of Siena, making it unique in the world. This extremely long-lived wine, with admirable evolutionary profiles, expresses itself in all its fruity, spicy and toasted hints, offering a range of pleasures that will surprise you. Just as our Appodiati line will surprise you.
Now to mention our Cru wines – these are wines that come from well-defined areas of the territory. These hand-picked grapes which grow within our vineyards are carefully selected for our Cru wines but it is worth noting that not all vintages are good for Appodiati. It is only when we are asbolutely sure of a five-star harvest that we offer these unique wines. Let’s think of the Appodiato di Montepulciano, Vigneto di Poggio Sant’Enrico, where our Nobile di Montepulciano is born, coming from pure Sangiovese grapes that expresses all its power and body in its marked hints of berries, cloves, coffee, cocoa, vanilla. The same can be said of the Appodiato di Montepulciano, St. Ercolano vineyard whose wine characteristics are intense and persistent, with clear hints of red fruit jam, vanilla, licorice, currant, black pepper.
This is but a mere summary to help understand how wine can be both a perfect travel companion for a meal with friends as well as a instrument to collect your feelings and thoughts. Meditation when it comes to wine, can only be understood in the most personal sense of the term – driving away the chaos and the routine of daily life to get back in touch with our senses.