2015 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana SKU #1324027


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Tasting Notes

Erik Banti’s Carato is back! This mini Super Tuscan has a great following at K&L and the new vintage is even better than the last! It’s a Sangiovese-based blend from the Tuscan coast that tastes like it should cost much more because of its full, smooth, flavorful palate presence and excellent balance. A K&L Direct Import that offers you extraordinary value, and at this price you will be saying, "I should buy two!"

Staff Reviews

  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This screaming value of a Super Tuscan impresses year after year and this is the best yet. This is bright, clean and savory with loads of sweet berries and ripe cherries and a dusting of roasted herb. Don't be fooled by the price-this blossoms with decanting.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow, what a value! A whole lot of wine for a retail price of under $10. Cherry and strawberry aromas followed by a bouquet of orange peel, leather, and spice. Dried dark cherries, blackberries, and fresh plum on the palate. Lengthy tannins; not expecting this considering the price point. Leather notes once more and hints of porcini mushrooms. For large and small social functions alike where an Italian red wine is needed, reach for an Erik Banti Tuscan Red Blend
    Top Value!
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    Deep, brooding and intense this is a powerful wine packed in to a modest price. Cherries and strawberries muddled with cranberry compote and dried plumb partner with baking spice and green tea to keep you thinking about this wine with every sniff. On the first sip you see the talent is not just in the fields growing expressive grapes, but the winemaker also knows how to corral all this flavor into a balanced package. This is certainly a bold wine but refined in its expression. Polished tannins bring it all together and you still have money in your wallet; well done!
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    The Banti Carato not only has a huge and well-deserved following but also there's always a collective sigh when a vintage sells out and the wait for the next begins. The 2015 is a stunner and we've been anxious to get it into the hands of our customers. It's richly flavored, concentrated and definitely belies its modest price. We think you'll share our enthusiasm for this outstanding red.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    Carato has been one of our best selling wines under $10 since we first brought in the 2009 vintage. This vintage is a dramatic departure from the Sangiovese dominant wines of the past this one has 40% Cabernet, 40% Merlot and only 20% Sangiovese but the results in this spectacular 2015 vintage are truly stunning. The nose is bursting with rich cassis like aromatics highlighted with bits of leather, earth and hints of violet. On the palate the wine has a luxurious richness that shows off the powerful cassis flavors, supple, mouth-filling and perfectly balanced. The finish is long, lifted and for a wine in this price point just an exceptional value, and although the wine is full-bodied it only has 13.5% abv,. Limited availability so don’t hold back buy a few cases now to hold you through the holidays!
    Drink from 2017 to 2020
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    I love drinking this wine. It is just the kind of wine you want when you sit down with a little bread and cheese or when you open something to drink while cooking dinner. Rich and complex, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Super Tuscan & Super Price !


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