2016 Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole, Tuscana, Italy

2016 Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole, Tuscana, Italy

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“This is a terrific wine that hits that proverbial sweet spot between excellence and value. The Tenuta di Trinoro 2018 Le Cupole is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 37% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot that sees a brief eight months in second and third-passage barrique followed by some additional resting time in cement. Production is an ample 70,000 bottles. This lovely vintage shows dark fruit intensity and richness with cherry, blackberry and plum. There is a touch of sweetness, but the mouthfeel is well constructed and layered with phenolic tightness and tight natural structure that will help it age 10 years or more. Le Cupole is one of the best values found in Tuscany. 2020 – 2035” – 94 points, Wine Advocate (August 2020) – Monica Larner

Located in a remote corner of southeastern Tuscany, Tenuta di Trinoro specializes in rich, age-worthy red wines made of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. The 200-hectare estate sits in viticultural isolation in the Orcia Valley near Sarteano, where Tuscany meets Umbria and Lazio.

Owner and winemaker Andrea Franchetti acquired the property in the 1980s and in the beginning of the 1990s started planting his first vines. Franchetti had learned the crucial role played by terroir in Bordeaux. He saw, in the rough woodland that would become Trinoro,clay-limestone and gravel soils reminiscent of those in Saint Émilion.

Only select parcels were suitable for vine-growing, amid a sea of blue clay, and those he cleared by hand and planted in the style of the Bordelais: high-density, meter-by-meter plantings, with cuttings brought over from some of the region’s great estates.  Tight planting, high thinning, very low yields, extreme ripeness, and concentration of flavor characterize his winemaking style. The wines are highly perfumed and opulent, at once approachable and meant to be left to develop in the bottle over time.

More specifically, the 2018 Le Cupole is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 37% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. Vineyards are situated at 400 to 600 meters above sea level and are planted in several plots with two types of soils; one a mix of clay and limestone and the other predominately gravel. Fermentations last 15 days with skin contact and an extra three days on the lees prior to racking. Malolactic occurs both on the skins and in wood. 1/3 on the skins prior to racking and 2/3 in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th passage in French barrique, then the wine is moved to seasoned barrels for eight months followed by 10 months in cement.



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