94 Pts Wine Spectator
"Very ripe and intense on the nose, with prune, licorice, blackberry and flowers. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, powerful finish that offers lots of toasty oak and ripe fruit. A full-throttle style. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2012. 1,650 cases made. -JS" -94 points Wine Spectator
"Carpineta Fontalpino has been in Cresti's family since the 1960s. Gioia, 39, took over the estate with her brother, Filippo, 45, in 1990 and immediately set about replanting 44 acres of vineyards. She is currently producing some of the most exciting wines in Tuscany, including Dofana, a Sangiovese-Petit Verdot blend that earned a classic, 96-point rating in only its second vintage."
"'We aimed at the highest quality possible right from the start,' Cresti says, 'but we had to wait for the young vines to mature to see the real results. These are coming now, and the quality is where I want it.'"
"Cresti is also busy with her work as a consulting agronomist. She collaborates with Carlo Ferrini, one of Tuscany's best-known consulting enologists, at well-known estates such as Casanova di Neri, Petrolo and Sette Ponti, while also consulting for a half-dozen estates on her own." From Wine Spectator article, "Special Report: The Best of Italy: 10 Italian Wineries to Watch" on 10/31/08
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