Le Cupole 2014

ABOUT THE VINTAGE

From December on in 2014 we had a rainy and warm winter. In spring, budding came early, on April 9th, and very early flowering started extending uniformly through the vineyards from May 15th. This, later, would put some of our pickings at a record-breaking 140 days after flowering.

Fast coloring of berries in all the vineyards during the last days of July confirmed to us how the plants were full of energy. We dropped a third of the grape load from our plants, and because of repeating rains, we hired more people to work in the vineyard throughout the summer. Other forces in the plants worked away the water, and the fruit remained firm and healthy to the end.

Because of the cool growing season, the fruit showed noticeably different flavors between each patch. There were 36 separate pickings from 29 September until 28 October for this wine.

REVIEWS

Wine Spectator, 93 points, #29 on the 2016 Wine Spectator Top 100 List: “Alluring scents of ripe cherry, mulberry and fresh herbs complement concentrated flavors of cherry and sweet spice in this red. Offers a backbone of mouthcoating tannins and remains integrated as the finish lingers. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2018 through 2027.”

Monica Larner, Robert Parker, 91 points: “The gorgeous 2014 Le Cupole defies the difficulties of the vintage thanks to extreme fruit selection (executed over numerous individual harvests). Andrea Franchetti is a perfectionist when it comes to fruit selection. This Bordeaux-inspired Tuscan blend opens to dark concentration and a full bouquet that is redolent of dark fruit, spice and tobacco. The aromas are delivered in seamless fashion and with noteworthy intensity. Those are the qualities that ultimately distinguish this wine among the many choices you have from Tuscany today. One thing Tenuta di Trinoro always delivers is distinct personality.”

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