Dry red wine, 75cl. Full bodied 50% Sangiovese (Capannelle) and 50% Merlot (Avignonesi) blend from Tuscany, Italy. 13.5% ABV.
Deep, dark ruby colour. Elegant and refined, with fresh notes of red and black berries, followed by sweet spices and an underlying, balsamic touch. On the palate: full-bodied and silky soft, with an elegant, fruity core and a long lingering, pleasantly dry finish. Great ageing potential.
Inspired by the exceptional harvest of 1988 in Tuscany, Raffaele Rossetti then-owner of Capannelle, had the innovative idea of blending Sangiovese from Capannelle with a Tuscan Merlot, Avignonesi di Montepulciano. 50&50 was born – a blend of 50% Sangiovese from Capannelle and 50% Merlot from Avignonesi.
Tasting notes from Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2011 50&50 represents a joint venture between two historic estates in Tuscany and two complimentary grape varieties, Merlot and Sangiovese. This vintage shows some mild astringency and sourness that is a common denominator in past vintages of this blend. The 2011 heat has helped to soften those more rigid qualities with compelling tones of cherry, wild berry, white truffle, licorice and balsam herb. In my opinion, this wine performs better in the warm vintages."91/100 Points
Producer Profile Capannelle
Wine producers of the highest quality located in Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, the Capannelle estate extends over 20 hectares (16 hectares of vines) and produces approximately 80.000 bottles of wine a year. The history of Capannelle wine production dates back to 1974, when Raffaele Rossetti, a Roman businessman, purchased the 16th century farmhouse. Extensive renovations and restoration have resulted in a unique luxury property producing exceptional wines. Today, it is owned by James B. Sherwood, founder and shareholder of the Orient Express Hotels.
Suggested food pairings:
Strongly-flavoured meats, roasted wild fowl, game, hard cheeses.