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Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole 2016

Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole 2016

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"The 2016 Le Cupole is a simply beautiful wine, with a full and richly extracted style that delivers power but does not go overboard. It is a blend of Cabernet Franc (42%), Merlot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (14%) and Petit Verdot (4%) that shows a lot of black fruit and a touch of green spice on the close. This wine comes full circle to offer a great drinking experience. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in two- and three-year-old barriques for eight months and ten months in cement. Drink: 2019-2030. 94 points

Andrea Franchetti provided me with a little excerpt from his 2016 harvest diary. I have included it here because it is delightful to read. If I could live inside the brain of any one Italian vintner, I would definitely choose to experience the technicolor intensity of his random and poetic thoughts. "We finished picking Cabernet Franc on the 13th; the tanks are filled with black, waxy raisins that will be fermenting for the next two weeks. It was a fine vintage. A rich, roasted quality of the wine comes up to the nose already. The clue to this vintage was to recognize the long August burn... The Merlot was picked in Cavalli Nord on September 27, while the Cabernet Franc from Camagi Nord and Sotto Cocceto was picked on October 10. We are, however, exhausted from wrestling so many harvests out of a drizzle that went on for weeks. I am changing all the lights in the cellar from neon, which almost drove us insane, to the softer, yellow light bulb. We push and pump and then go to the woods with our green umbrellas. We lose sight of each other and look to see who comes back out of the haze with porcini.""

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (05/19)