Great wine from Montepulciano
Cavalierino might sound familiar to some of you because one of their wines is listed in my current top 10. To be precise it’s the 2007 Cavalierino – Vino Nobile – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva. Today I have tasting notes of the 2008 vintage for you. The wine has been released on the market only recently. Most Enotecas will probably still carry the 2007 vintage. Follow this link for tasting notes for the 2007 vintage
Cavalierino is an organic winery from Montepulciano, Tuscany. The winery currently produces eight wines. They cultivate 55 hectares (135 acres) but only on 10 hectares (24 acres) they plant vines. Other products Cavalierino manufactures include a variety of high-quality salumi, pesto & other sauces, grappa, olive-oil and much more. All products can be bought online at their website.
Cavalierino is not only a winery, they are also an “agritourismo”. In Italy agritourism is quite popular. If you plan to visit Tuscany then considering staying a night or two at Cavalierino’s agritourismo. For more information on their accommodations go here.
I could tell you much more about Cavalierino but let’s get to the tasting notes first! Maybe I’ll tell you some more after : )
Cavalerino’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is has the DOCG quality assurance. The wine is a Riserva of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which means that the wine had to age at least 36 months in French oak. Additionally the wine stayed at least six months in the bottle before it was released on the market. The cuvée consists of Sangiovese, Prugnolo Gentile and Canaiolo grapes.
In the glass, the wine had an intense ruby red color. The bouquet was very aromatic: Black pepper, cinnamon, blackberries, blueberries, vanilla and other red fruits. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 13.5%.
On the palate, Cavalierino’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva was dry. I tasted some of the red fruits again that I smelled on the nose. Tannins were rather smooth. The wine was full-bodied and complex. The best part was the extremely, persistently long finish. I could taste the red and black fruits for such a long time. It was incredible.
I’m still debating whether this vintage was better than the 2007 vintage. The wine will definitely be included in my top 10 in a future update. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from Cavalierino is highly recommended. In Munich a bottle of this wine retails for 23€. With the help of wine-searcher I was able to locate a US-based retailer who offers the wine for 29.99$
It will be interesting to see how this wine will develop but even without additional aging I find this Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to be one of the best that I’ve tried so far (and I’ve tried many!).
Let me conclude these tasting notes with some pictures of Montepulciano and the beautiful landscape around it. Tuscany is simply stunning. Simply click on one of the following pictures to start the sideshow. Enjoy!
Last but not least I have this video for you. A short interview with the owner of Cavalierino
For those of you who don’t speak Italian here’s a quick summary: The interviewer asks him what he did before making wine since the winery is rather young. His answer was that before he started making wine he sold electronics. He also speaks about why for him it was important to produce organic wine. His idea was to create a healthy wine which does not harm nature, that has a low amount of sulfites and is manufactured with almost no chemicals.
Hope you enjoyed these tasting notes! Let me know what you think about the wine and about Cavalierino in general!