With 13.5% alcohol, costing under $24, and scoring 17+ Dionysian points, the 2013  Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva was excellent.

Cherry, laced with ripe tomato and herbs, the wine paired nicely with the pasta dinner.


Carpineto is always a good buy and always works with food. I’ve done 20 year verticals with this wine and each shows the vintage and terroir very well.

It didn’t need to be decanted, but I did anyway. The orange rim showed that it was nearing perfection.  It’s unique in that it is made from 100% Sangiovese and it was cellared 10 months before its release. Many Chiantis cost more, but aren’t usually any better.   They make a very nice Brunello too. In Vino Veritas.