Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon

Carpineto

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

APPELLATION

Tuscany, Italy

 

Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon

The name Farnito is derived from a type of oak tree known as Farna found in the vicinity of the vineyards. Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from estate-grown fruit. A full-bodied Super Tuscan, Carpineto Farnito is a rich expression of the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal boasting complex aromas of ripe red cherry with concentrated flavors of spice and licorice. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months, the wine is structured with a vanilla note and big tannins marking the finish.

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2016

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Fragrant, featuring black cherry and black currant fruit at the center, with cedar and oak spice. Open, finishing with moderately dense, dusty tannins.

B. Sanderson, Dec. 2021

2015

Vinous - 92

The 2015 Farnito, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is just starting to show the first hints of aromatic complexity that have developed in bottle. Tobacco, cedar, dried flowers, mint, licorice and espresso add pretty shades of nuance. Farnito is Cabernet that has become quite domesticated in that it is much a wine of Greve as anything else. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade, before the fruit dries out too much.

A.G., Sept. 2020

Wine Advocate - 92 pts

A nice red for some fatty andouille sausage on the grill, the Carpineto 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Farnito evenly covers the palate with rich phenolic weight and plenty of warm vintage, Tuscan fruit. The bouquet reveals layers of blackberry, plum, earth, grilled herb and campfire ember. Thanks to the luminous and warm character of this 2015 vintage, you taste those tangy Cabernet aromas here in full swing. There is some grip or texture on the tannins.

R. Parker, April 2021

Wine Spectator - 94 pts

A core of cherry and black currant flavors is wrapped in spicy black pepper, toasty oak and iron notes, all supported by dense, pointed tannins and lively acidity. Offers a long, smoky finish. Enjoy this now for the fresh primary fruit, or let mature into more tobacco, leather and woodsy elements.

B. Sanderson, May 2020

2013

Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of tilled soil, cedar, underbrush and a whiff of dark berry. The forward palate delivers ripe black currant, star anise and vanilla alongside close-grained tannins.

K. O'Keefe, April 2019

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Smoky, with flavors of wild herbs, black currant and plum, this red takes on a salty note as the finish plays out. Balanced, if austere, with a lingering aftertaste.

B. Sanderson, September 2018

2011

Wine Advocate - 91 pts

This wine is engineered for bistecca alla Fiorentina or succulent lamb chops. It needs a hearty, meaty food to break up that density and those firm tannins. This is a powerful and bold Cabernet Sauvignon (aged in oak for one year) from a warm summer growing season in Tuscany.

M. Larner, Dec. 2016

2010

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

Full of expressive black currant and blackberry flavors, this red is smooth, balanced and backed by a vibrant structure. The fruit echoes on the finish, along with earth and pepper accents. Drink now through 2022.

B. Sanderson, October 2015

2009

Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Cedar, earth, black currant and underbrush aromas lead the nose on this wine made entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon. The smooth palate delivers black cherry, grilled herb and exotic spice alongside polished tannins.

K. O'Keefe, July 2015

2007

Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts

This is elegant and layered, with notes of savory smoked meat, spice, dark fruit, blackberry and leather. It shows a very dark, brooding and masculine personality with polished tannins and impressive length.

M. Larner, December 2012

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

The black cherry and blueberry flavors are draped nicely across the dense structure in this red. Balanced, needing a year or two to come together. Fine length. Best from 2015 through 2023.

B. Sanderson, Web Only 2013

2006

Wine Enthusiast - 93 pts - Cellar Selection

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this bottling really struts its stuff in the elegant 2006 vintage. It opens with intense and finely polished aromas of berry, lead pencil, brimstone, leather and black currant. It feels tight, crisp and firm on the finish. Give it another 5-10 years of cellar aging.

M. Larner, April 2013

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

Black currant, cherry, cedar and tobacco notes are married to a dense, muscular structure. This red offers freshness, with a chewy texture on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2025.

B. Sanderson, September 2012

2005

Wine Enthusiast - 91 pts

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is bright and intense, and it shows notes of dark fruit, spice, leather, prune, rum cake and tobacco, plus aged aromas of black licorice and cured meat. Fine, dusty tannins mark the close.

M. Larner, April 2013

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

Lean and tight, this tannic red exhibits earthy cherry, herb and tobacco notes. A solid wine, if not that generous. Best from 2012 through 2018. 10,000 cases made.

B. Sanderson, July 2011

Wine Enthusiast

This is elegant and layered, with notes of savory smoked meat, spice, dark fruit, blackberry and leather. It shows a very dark, brooding and masculine personality with polished tannins and impressive length.

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