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There is a small intimate town south of Florence that has generated an laughable amount of perfect and near-perfect wines, and the best part is - they do it with no winemaking tricks. These wines taste like you remember - the humbly offered but majestic tasting wines that turn Tuscan trips into lifelong memories. This 2016 beauty showcases all the herb-flecked sun-ripened succulence of the vintage and drinks well right from the get-go. A true delight!
About the wine
From the small estate of only 25 hectares, 15 of which are for vineyards, Piaggio was founded by Mauro Vannucci, in the mid 70s, with a vision of creating an amazing wine from the Carmignano area. His vision came true with his first vintage in 1991.
This perfect expression of a Super Tuscan dials into those workhorse Sangiovese notes we long for. Sour cherry, ripe tomato and hints of herbs and spice. Add the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for depth of flavour and a dollop of Merlot to really boost the fleshy fruit notes. Giving round tannin, balanced by an even acidity, the finish seems to never end. The 2016 is filled with life and will surely wow anyone you share with.
Winemaker: Vannucci Family
Appellation: Tuscany, Italy
- 4.1/5.0, Vivino Users
- 93/100, Wine Advocate
- 92/100, Vinous Media
Grapes: 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot.
Cooperage: 15 months in French Oak
4.1 ★ Vivino Users
"Very fruity and complex on the palate." - Thomas B.
"It's better than I expected at this price. Good flavour, nice balance, very good with food." - Scott M.
93 points, Wine Advocate
"Dedicated to the estate's paternal figure Mauro Vannucci, the 2016 Carmignano Il Sasso (with 40,000 bottles produced) is a compelling blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. This vintage delivers ample power, yet the wine remains smooth and elegant from a tactile point of view. Sangiovese's identity emerges with aromas of wild berry, tilled earth and rose hip. The two international grapes serve to shape the firmness and structure of the mouthfeel. This wine is fermented in oak and later aged in medium-toast neutral barrique for 12 months."
92 points, Vinous Media
"The 2016 Carmignano Il Sasso is a veritable explosion of aromas, flavors and textures. A rush of dark red and purplish berry fruit makes a strong opening statement. The interplay of rich fruit, expressive aromatics and brightness makes for a wonderfully complete, vibrant Carmignano that will be impossible to resist upon release. The 2016 is a wine of pure and total pleasure."