Dreaming of a Tuscan vacation this year? Strolling along the streets with views of terracotta-bricked farmhouses, with a glass of juicy Sangiovese? I know I'd love to be there! Tuscany has a lot to offer - some come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. For me, I just want to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine! This is the place where anyone with the slightest interest in food and wine will be in heaven!
But until then, maybe this beautiful bottle of Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso 2019 will just transport us to Tuscan zones! This wine has 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright ruby red, swirls in the glass with a good body and consistency. It has enticing scents of dark cherry, blackberry, sweet spice, slowly evolving into some coffee and peppery hints, and concludes with dark chocolate and floral aftertaste. Tannins are tamed and caressing. Although quite ripe and full-bodied, the refreshing acidity adds pleasant freshness to make it well-balanced and not too overwhelming on the palate.
This wine can probably pair very well with roasted or grilled meats, maybe even some slow-cooked game. I'm sure it is also going to be the perfect companion for multiple traditional Italian dishes too. But honestly, I wouldn't overthink the pairing part, since the last thing that should be stressful on a weekday night is your wine decision! This wine is so juicy and each sip is quite satisfying, throw some simple Margherita pizza, cheese burger, or even some leftover risotto, sit by the fireplace, turn on Netflix - this will make a perfect cuddly wine on a cold winter night!
Dogajolo Carpineto is a particularly important wine, because it inaugurates the category of baby Supertuscans, which today are adopted by all Tuscan producers. You can't buy happiness, but you can buy this bottle for under $15 - certainly don't need to spend a lot to score a really solid bottle of wine!