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Additional Wine Information
Brothers Claudio and Giancarlo Stefanoni helm
this third-generation estate near Lake Garda.
The massive mountain-rimmed lake creates a
microclimate that’s more temperate than the
rest of this northern region. The Garda wine
district was created in 2005 to recognize highquality
wines made from a single grape variety,
in a region where most wines were traditionally
composed of blends. The Stefanoni family
has been growing French varietals such as
Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
for decades, in addition to native grapes, and
are part of a small cadre of producers bringing
international attention to Garda. Painstakingly
handcrafted, the Carpino Merlot is made from
select bunches of grapes that are harvested
by hand and put aside to dry out in small boxes
for 20 to 30 days before being crushed. The
technique concentrates the grapes’ flavors and
sugars and gives this red its luscious depth.
Vanilla, herb and baking spice scents accent black cherry and plum jam aromas.
This wine offers black plum, balsamic and herb flavors, velvety tannins and a
silky texture, finishing long and pure.
Pair this plush Merlot with braised or stewed meat dishes that offer a satiny texture
and concentrated depth of flavor to stand up to the wine’s structure. White
and red meat dishes will both work well, given the Carpino’s refined tannins.
We love it with savory herb-flecked fare such as Balsamic Quick-Braised Pork
Chops; Braised Duck with Figs and Pork; and Moroccan Lamb Stew (recipes at
Decant and serve a little cooler than room temperature: refrigerate the
decanted wine for 10 minutes before serving.
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