Friday, September 9, 2011

Carpineto Dogajolo: Baby Super Tuscan

Dogajolo 2009




Tuscany, Italy

The name Dogajolo was simply invented by the founders of Carpineto. It derives from the Italian word doga, meaning “stave,” the thin, narrow strips of wood used to form casks.


Produced from estate-owned vineyards located in Chianciano (Siena) and Gaville (Florence). Planted using the spurred cordon training method along the hillsides of Tuscany at altitudes ranging from 300-350 meters above sea level. These high-density vineyards with 7500-8000 vines/hectare cover approximately 35 hectares of sandy clay soil rich in limestone.

Technical Data:

  • pH: 3.64
  • Residual Sugar: 1.5 grams/liter
  • Acidity: 4.7 grams/liter
  • Dry Extract: 28.6 grams/liter


Since each varietal ripened at different times, they were vinified separately immediately after they were harvested between September and October. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks over 10-15 days at 25-30°C. During this time, periodic pump-overs were conducted. The Sangiovese underwent complete malolactic fermentation, whereas the Cabernet Sauvignon only partially completed this process. After filtering, the wines were blended in a combination of oak barrels and cement vats, the final product aged for 6 months before being bottled in late March. This wine was immediately released as it is best consumed young.

Tasting Notes:

The nose is fruity with hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla and spice. It is full and soft on the palate with complex and well-developed flavors and tannins.

Food Pairings:

Suitable for everyday consumption, this wine is a great value that pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, such as antipasti platters, grilled white meats, and tomato-based pasta dishes.


Wine Spectator

Score: 87

Rich, … with one-dimensional cherry and blackberry notes. Moderately firm tannins shore up the finish. Best from 2013 through 2018.  -B. Sanderson, May 2011

This wine is already a favorite amongst our customers.  If you haven't tried it yet, come pick up a bottle and see what the hub bub is all about.  Salut!

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