Capezzana and the Carmignano zone

The Capezzana estate is situated 12 miles west of Florence, in the Carmignano zone, one of the oldest recognised wine-producing areas in Tuscany. Ancient Etruscan artefacts have shown that vines were cultivated for wine production in the area over 3,000 years ago. The first reference to Capezzana dates to 804 A.D. This unique estate has been run with devotion and respect by the Contini Bonacossi family since 1920 and organically farmed since 2009. The wines are extremely distinctive and have an elegance that marks this estate out from the crowd.

Carmignano was among the earliest protected denominations in the world, being named by Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici - along with Chianti Classico, Pomino, and Valdarno di Sopra - as a quality wine region in 1716. In modern times, Carmignano was at first incorporated under the wider Chianti banner in the Montalbano subzone, however, with a unique microclimate, soil composition and the use of international grapes, the Carmignano wines were very different to the ones produced by their neighbours. Due to the tireless efforts of Ugo Contini Bonacossi, DOC status was finally granted to Carmignano in 1975. In 1991 (from the 1988 vintage) the denomination received DOCG recognition.

The wines of Carmignano were well known in the Medici court during the Renaissance. In fact, it was reportedly Caterina de’ Medici, who reigned as Queen of France in the mid-1500s, that introduced Cabernet Sauvignon in Carmignano. For centuries, the wines of Carmignano continued to blend a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese, in stark contrast to the rest of the Chianti Classico zone. When Carmignano received DOC status in 1975, it became the first denomination to allow the blending of Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese in Tuscany.

Capezzana `Villa di Capezzana` Carmignano 2016

Villa di Capezzana embodies the Carmignano land and the history of Capezzana - the family has bottles dating back to the 1925 vintage. The wine is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon and displays notes of almonds, violets and oranges, which are intertwined with aromas of coffee and vanilla on the nose. It is a full-bodied wine with well-balanced acidity. The rounded tannins from the Sangiovese are lifted by the cassis concentration of the Cabernet on the long, concentrated finish. 80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aldo Fiordelli, Capezzana: Producer profile & tasting back 90 years,, 20th October 2020
96 points

2016 is one of the best recent vintages in Tuscany. This wine, crimson and dark, is full of concentration and extract without losing grace. Fresh bramble fruits dominated by raspberry are joined by violet, leafy notes and liquorice. The tannins are grainy and masculine, yet precise on the finish. Refreshing and balanced, this is the wine representative of the estate`s postmodern winemaking: the first to be officially organic and partially aged in large oak vessels. A great Carmignano.

Capezzana `Villa di Capezzana` Carmignano 2010

Following the tradition of collecting old vintages of their Carmignano, Capezzana is releasing a limited quantity of 10-year-old wines every year.

2010 Vintage: The grapes ripened notably later than in previous years. It was noticed early in the growing season that the grape's growing cycle was going to be longer than normal as berry ripening (véraison) happened at the end of July, two weeks later than usual. This was due to frequent rainfall in the spring, which continued throughout the summer. The Sangiovese was harvested in the first few days of October. The harvest of red grapes finished with Cabernet Sauvignon in mid-October. "It was definitely a vintage that required patience, with many stops and intervals in the growing season. It was unnerving yet exciting", says Vittorio Contini Bonacossi, "And the result? Exceptional wines!" 80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aldo Fiordelli, Capezzana: Producer profile & tasting back 90 years,, 20th October 2020
94 points

Exciting and unnerving at the same time because of its relatively early ripening, 2010 was one of the last classic vintages with the harvest at a similar time to previous decades, before climate change played a large part. The wine exceeded expectations for Capezzana. It is full of forest floor notes, with cigar box, liquorice, leather, game and graphite minerality. A touch of curry on the palate is followed by an almost zesty freshness with angular tannins and complex officinal herbs on the finish. This is not the most refined wine, but certainly one of the most typical.

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Villa di Trefiano Carmignano Riserva 2015

The beautiful Renaissance Villa di Trefiano is surrounded by a five-hectare vineyard that benefit from ideal location and exposure. The result is a particularly elegant and velvety Carmignano with perfumes of cherry and cassis with herbal notes and spice. 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo.

Monica Larner, Random Tuscany (New Releases), The Wine Advocate, 31st May 2019
93 points

This wine offers steady elegance and a compact, crisp approach that comes from the two Tuscan grapes. That small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, on the other hand, adds textual richness and firm tannins. This is a beautifully fleshed out and generous red wine from a very warm and sunny vintage in Tuscany.

Capezzana `Ugo Contini Bonacossi` 2016

Ugo Contini Bonacossi was instrumental in obtaining DOC status for Carmignano in 1975. This wine is a homage to him, coming from the Viticciana vineyard, one of his favourite vineyards. This is an intense and yet elegant Sangiovese showing aromas of red cherries and spice. The palate is refined, with an intense concentration of red fruits, rose petals, cardamom, mint and smoky tobacco notes. This is a full-bodied wine with spicy, silky tannins and a long, lingering finish. 100% Sangiovese.

Capezzana `Ghiaie della Furba` 2016

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot grapes from a gravelly soil (Ghiaie) near the Furba stream. This is a wine with complex and intense notes of black cherries, sage, chocolate, cassis and new leather. Its structure and well-balanced acidity make it a wine which benefits of a few years ageing while its formidable tannins melt away and the oak integrates further. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Syrah.

Monica Larner, Loose Ends from Carmignano, Chianti Rufina and More, The Wine Advocate, 17th December 2020
93 points

The 2016 Ghiaie della Furba is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Merlot and Syrah. From a classic vintage, the wine opens to a darkly saturated colour with rich ruby and garnet highlights. Fruit is sourced from a site not too far from the Furba River, from which the wine takes its name. It closes with an open-knit texture, big structure and an accessible style that makes it perfect to drink straight out of the gate.