This week’s Wednesday Wine is a Well Produced favorite, the 2014 Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso. The winery takes its name from the Greek carpos, meaning fruit, which is the primary focus at the winery, as they firmly believe that the quality of a wine is determined by the quality of the grapes. Their extensive holdings allow for complete quality control and selection of fruit.
Carpineto owns and manages over 1000 acres of site-specific, estate-owned vineyards throughout Tuscany in the Chianti Classico, Montepulciano, and Monteregio/ Maremma appellations. Their holdings include six single vineyards.
The winery prides itself in its sustainable, low-impact farming techniques and adheres to a strict production code which includes eco-friendly treatments applied conscientiously, extreme attention to the preservation of the environment, and production and use of renewable energy, particularly solar panel technology.
As for the Dogajolo Rosso, the name was invented by Carpineto’s founders, derived from the Italian word doga, meaning “stave” — the narrow strips of wood used to form oak casks. A young wine that boasts fruity aromas with hints of cherry interlaced with coffee, vanilla, and spice. Each varietal is vinified separately in stainless steel in this Sangiovese-based baby Super Tuscan (70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon). The blend is briefly aged in oak rendering a medium-bodied red that is soft on the palate with a balanced acidity. Suitable for everyday consumption, Dogajolo is best within a few years of the vintage. Pair with hearty dishes or anything with a tomato sauce- our Baked Penne with Mushroom Bolognese is a perfect pairing.