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Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole 2017


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 in the Orcia Valley near Sarteano, where Tuscany meets Umbria and Lazio.

Owner and winemaker Andrea Franchetti spent time working in Bordeaux and took away several key lessons that he brought with him to Trinoro. In his Tuscan estate in the woodlands, he found clay, limestone soil that reminded him of St. Emillion. Only select parcels were suitable for vine-growing, amid a sea of blue clay, and those he cleared by hand and planted in the Right Bank style.

With his amble Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot plantings, Franchetti is able to create beautiful, Right Bank style blends with that signature Italian flair. The 2017 Le Cupole is deep and opulent, with aromas of violet, black fruits and a hint of baking spice, and packed with velvety tannins and juiciness from its well-integrated acidity. It’s an age-worthy classic that should drink incredibly well for the next 10-15 years.

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93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2017 Le Cupole is a gorgeous wine with thick, dark intensity and a sense of bright energy nonetheless. The wine pours from the bottle with midnight darkness. The bouquet offers soft, ripe and opulent fruit, but considering the heat and the drought associated with this vintage, the fruit is expertly managed. There are no jammy overtones or overtly ripe aromas as I had expected, and the tannins are velvety and subdued. Serve it alongside a gnocchi alla chiantigiana (with tomato, ground beef, garlic, pecorino and sage).

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