Campo di Camagi 2016
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
Campo di Camagi is a 1.5-hectare vineyard where vines have grown on broken quartz and limestone, long before we planted: densely, in a thin layer of soil. The plants struggled for room until they reached a balance: roots having filled the ground, each vine has the same number of leaves in its share of the air.
2016 was such an uncertain season, and yet the results are exceptional wines. The clue to this vintage was to recognize the long August’s burn, hidden behind the rains – at the season’s break, the storms were just revitalizing thirsty grapes. We welcomed the rain every time, instead of picking before it arrived: that was the way we brought in a great harvest.
In the first days of October, a light rain fell over the cabernet franc, then the fields dried. On the 10th, the moon was in its first quarter, and the grapes thrust forward into maturity. We harvested the magnificent fruit coming from the slopes of the mountain. Camagi is already showing signs of its regal nature.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 97 points: “The 2016 Campo di Camagi, 100% Cabernet Franc from a parcel planted on quartz and limestone, is the most mineral and savory of the three pure Franc wines in this range from Trinoro. Graphite, gravel, smoke, lavender, sage and menthol all add shades of complexity. A wine of explosive power, precision and energy, the 2016 is simply tremendous. That’s all there is to it.”
International Wine Report, 96 points: “The 2016 Campo di Camagi is an absolutely sensational 100% Cabernet Franc, sourced from a 1.5-hectare vineyard situated at 2,000 feet above sea level, where the vines are rooted on broken quartz and limestone. The wine itself is nothing short of spectacular, as it bursts open with seductive aromas of ripe blackberries and blueberries woven together with tobacco, violets, dark chocolate, sweet spices, tar, mint leaf and minerals all developing in the glass. This full-bodied red possesses a lovely opulent texture, supported by muscular tannins, that are nicely integrated. It continues to impress as it displays remarkable overall structure and concentration before ending with a long, mouth coating finish. While this is already extremely appealing, and stylistically the most forward of the single vineyard Cabernet Franc wines, readers should still plan on allowing this some short-term cellaring.”
I Vini di Veronelli, Super Tre Stelle
1,650 bottles (138 cases)
100% Cabernet Franc