The 2008 Carmignano Villa di Capezzana possesses notable beauty. Dark cherries, licorice, tar and smoke all emerge as this wine reveals superb depth and elegance. This deceptively medium-bodied red is packed with flavor and should drink well for the next few years. Carmignano villa di Capezzana exhibits a dark ruby color and intense aromatics, with notes of super-ripe black cherries that emerge from the glass. Although it is full-bodied, long and ample on the palate, the presence of hard tannins gives the wine a somewhat rustic quality
Wine jars and tasting cups found in Etruscan tombs dating to approximately 1000 BC show that vines have been cultivated in Carmignano since Pre Roman times. More specifically, a parchment rent contract conserved in the Florence State Archives, dated 804, reveals that vines and olives were cultivated at Capezzana for the production of oil and wine as early as 1200 years ago. In the early Renaissance, Monna Nera Bonaccorsi built the first ‘Nobleman’s house’ and nine farmhouses together with wine-making buildings at Capezzana. Numerous generations and families followed: the Cantucci, relations of the Medici, and the Marchesi Bourbon del Monte. In the Eighteenth century the wife of Marquis Bourbon, née Cantucci, enlarged the estate and increased the number of farms; her greatest achievement, however, was to introduce exemplary administrative practices, evidence of which can be found in the estate’s historic archive. After the Bourbons the property passed to the Adimari Morelli and then to the Franchetti. Sara de Rothschild, widow of Baroni Franchetti, sold it to the Contini Bonacossi.