Le Cupole 2016
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
The second label of Tenuta di Trinoro, Le Cupole was first produced in 1995. It is a Bordeaux blend, full of fleshy, bright fruit, extracted tannins, and rich color.
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.
This year’s Cupole has a deep violet color, with pronounced aromatics of tomato leaf, black pepper, black fruit, spice, and violets. The wine is medium-to-full bodied, with velvety tannins and juiciness from its well-integrated acidity. The notes of black fruits and spice are persistent on palate, and there’s just that touch of bitterness on the finish so characteristic of Italian wines, adding a dimension of sapidity.
International Wine Report, 93 points: “The 2016 ‘Le Cupole’ is a fantastic showing from Andretta Francetti. The senond wine from Tenuta di Trinoro, this is composed of 42% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, which begins with seductive aromas of blackberries and dark currants come together with tobacco, smoke, violets, graphite, spices and savory herbs that all develop in the glass. On the palate this possesses a full body with a gorgeous voluptuous texture, supported by round, beautifully polished tannins that glide effortlessly across the palate. It displays wonderful balance and concentration as flavors of ripe dark fruits, sweet spices and sweet pipe tobacco continue to expand onto the long finish. This is one of the finest values from all of Italy.”
58,100 bottles (4,842 cases)
42% Cabernet Franc
14% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Petit Verdot