2016 TRINORO "LE CUPOLE" ROSSO TOSCANA

2016 TRINORO "LE CUPOLE" ROSSO TOSCANA, TUSCANY, ITALY. 42% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.

From the hillsides of Tuscany comes this killer Super Tuscan, a Bordeaux-style blend based on Cabernet Franc (58%), with 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot. Tenuta di Trinoro is a Tuscan powerhouse with Andrea Franchetti, one of Italy's most talented winemakers, churning out incredible wines that are totally unique. "Le Cupole" is the estate's second wine, composed of the fruit and barrels that don't make it into the flagship cuvees but are made with the same care in the same cellar. The 2016 is an elegant and velvety red with juicy dark fruits and smoky spice.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 2015 vintage: "The 2015 Le Cupole feels downplayed next to the other new releases from Tenuta di Trinoro in this exuberant and opulent 2015 vintage. This blend of Bordeaux grapes is slightly more immediate and accessible in approach. That said, it is far more sophisticated and richly textured compared to the great majority of wines from the surrounding hillsides of Tuscany. Black cherry, sweet spice and tarry earth converge on the bouquet. The mouthfeel is slightly sweet and rich in texture. (10/2017)

Tenuta di Trinoro is very consciously located far away from the Chianti Classico appellation. Because this estate exists in a location that is absolutely void of neighboring wine estates, I have decided to add these notes to this report. Honestly, there is nowhere else to put them until Trinoro gets its own appellation (something I hope is in the works). These are outlier wines in terms of style and substance. Solitary and introspective, Andrea Franchetti is one of Italy's most focused and talented winemakers. This is a beautiful set of new releases. (10/2017) Aged 8 months in French oak barrels of 1, 2 and 3 years old; 11 months in cement tanks.

About: 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. The most important lesson he gleaned from a stint in Bordeaux was the crucial role played by terroir. 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. (Winery)
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