Il Caberlot 2014Tuscany, ItalyOne of the rarest wines in Tuscany, the secluded hilltop estate of Podere Il Carnasciale, in the mountains of southern Chianti’s Valdarno region, is the only vineyard to cultivate Caberlot. The grape is a genetic mutation of cabernet franc, with distinct characteristics of merlot. It was discovered in Veneto by Remigo Bordini, and planted in conjunction with Bettina and Wolf Rogosky at the Tuscan estate in 1986, with the aim of producing something entirely different from the Chianti of the time. This low intervention, organic-focused red certainly is unique: super peppery, herbal edged cherry, with sapid resin and worn leather wrapping around a very compact and dense red palate. That alluring franc herbal edge, plus bright bergamot acidity keeps this aromatic red fresh on the medium palate through a lingering, spiced finish. Tuscany this is, but sangiovese this certainly is not. This aged in French fûts and barriques, 60 percent new, for 22 months, and was racked only once prior to bottling unfiltered. The wine, bottled in magnums only (2000 annually), rests an additional 18 months prior to release. Drinking beautifully now, but with another decade easy. *The bottle I tried was a split, intended just for restaurants, and hence the name Sommelleria on the front label.Tasted: 14 November 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 457.95 1500 private order Producer: Podere Il Carnasciale SRLDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.