Do ut Des IGT
Carpineta Fontalpino is located in Montaperti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, just five kilometers outside of Siena in an area famed for an 800-year-old battle between Florence and Siena: The Battle of Montaperti. Known for being the only battle Siena ever won against Florence, it is a great source of pride for the Sienese as well as the winery, which is located just below the infamous hilltop. The area under vine is 31 hectares (about 77 acres). The classic Tuscan terroir, with galestro, silt and sandy soils and excellent exposure make for traditional wines, but there’s a twist. Enologist Gioia Cresti – who owns the winery along with her brother Filippo – was classically trained in France and applies many traditionally French winemaking tenets to her Italian wines. The winery is totally organic, inside and out, and holds the appropriate Italian certifications. They also strive to be as eco-sustainable and as self-sufficient as possible, thanks to solar panels and a water purifying system.
From 6 hectares in Montaperti, northeastern exposure, 1,082 feet (330 meters) above sea level and clay and sand with river stones from Pliocene era, rich in organic substances.
Offers structure and perfume and all the trademark characteristics – color, tannins and structure as well as power and appeal – of a true Bordeaux blend. A perfect intermingling of fruity and toasty notes. A lovely wine to cellar for a future occasion. A classic French style meets skilled Italian winemaking in the unique terroir of Tuscany.
The name Do ut Des, is Latin for “I give so that you may give.”
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Most recent awards
- 2016 | Wine Spectator94
- 2016 | Wine Advocate94
- 2015 | James Suckling95
Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot
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28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)
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First and second use
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Allier / Tronchet
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Clay and sand with river stones from the Pliocene era, rich in organic substances
230 meters 755 feet) above sea level
6,600 plants per hectare
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Mid to late September
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Offers structure, and perfumed aromas and all the trademark characteristics of a true Bordeaux blend: color, tannins and structure. A perfect blend of fruity and toasty notes; great aging ability
Best served at 14-16 °C (57.2 - 60.8 °F).
Pairs well with braised meats and aged cheeses.