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Wine of the Week: Tenuta di Capezzana August 23, 2010

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“The ancient and famous Tenuta di Capezzana estate is located in the commune of Carmignano, in the province of Florence, situated approximately 24 km north west of the city.  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 was found by Sandra Contini Bonacossi, daughter of the owners Counts Ugo and Lisa.  This parchment reveals that vines and olives were cultivated at Capezzana for the production of oil and wine as early as 1200 years ago.  Tenuta di Capezzana is among very few estates that can boast such an ancient historical and viticultural tradition and to put it in Count Ugo’s words: “We always talk about our estate as being 1200 years old but the 804 document states that Capezzana was already being rented with its vineyards and olive groves thus confirming that vineyards and olive groves date all the way back to the Roman period.”  Excerpt from Capezzana.it

Capezzana I.jpg“The Capezzana ‘philosophy’ remains the same: to uphold traditions yet to keep improving, which means that the estate is more like a ship ploughing ahead than an immobile statue. ‘One must not lose the identity of the wine or the characteristics of its production area, since tradition is the accumulation of innumerable improvements and innovations that have taken place over the centuries and have been passed down through the generations. We still believe that we should continue to “change for the better”: this has always occurred and is made ever more possible by modern technology’. Ugo Contini Bonacossi continues,’‘This is our family’s philosophy, which derives from the passion which we put into our work. Together we try to make our mark in one of the most exciting and difficult professions.” Excerpt from Capezzana.it

Special Offering:
Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano, 750ml. “This wine is the young version of Carmignano, made with the same grapes (Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon) and the addition of Canaiolo.  It is named after the historic Medici Royal property known as the Barco reale, enclosed by a boundary wall which was over 30 miles inlength.  Excerpt from Capezzana.it.  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations   Sale Price $13.99.  Save $1.00

Villa Di Capezzana Carmignano, 750ml. “This is the estate’s historic wine and is highly representative of the qualities of Carmignano. D.O.C. status was re-obtained in 1975 and D.O.C.G. in the 1990’s.  It is produced from Sangiovese (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). D.O.C.G. wines are matured for over one year in tonneaux and then laid down for a further twelve months in bottles. Excerpt from Capezzana.it  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations   Sale Price $29.99.  Save $2.00

Tenuta di Cappezzana Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 500ml. “In any discussion of the estate’s quality products, mention must also be made of our extra virgin olive oil, made mainly from Moraiolo and Frantoio olives with a small percentage of Pendolino and Leccino varieties. The olives are processed within 12-24 hours of picking.” Excerpt from Capezzana.it  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations   Sale Price $19.99.  Save $20.00

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