The growing site was named after the historic Medici property known as "Barco Reale". Now, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Canaiolo grow in this ancient area upon beds of clay, limestone, schist and marl, at an elevation ranging between 180 - 220 meters above sea level. Barco Reale is a younger version of Carmignano that received DOC status in 1994. The grapes undergo native yeast fermentation, then an 8 day extended maceration period. Malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel before the wine is fined and then aged in 5-30 year old untoasted Allier or Slavonian oak barrels for 6-8 months.
Aromatically the wine has notes of black cherries, plums, chinese five spice, and dried basil. On the palate the fruit is slightly underipe, with savory flavors of smoked meat, dried herbs, and smooth yet dusty tannins.