Tenuta di Trinoro 2017
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
Tenuta di Trinoro is always comprised of the first selection of grapes, a vintage-specific blend of cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot grown on thin, hard, rocky soils rich in quartz and limestone, which tend to come from the higher parcels of the estate.
2017 was a difficult growing season throughout Italy: the winter was completely dry; the spring brought frost to the valley again after many years; then summer temperatures were exceedingly high, with peaks of 40*C during the day, for three straight months, and little or no refreshment at night, turning the Val d’Orcia into a sort of Sahara. At harvest, the berries were tiny, all skin and seeds and no juice. The resulting wines are like black ink – dense, dark, and closed. They have a density and concentration to them, alongside an unexpected green note; the vines had shut down due to hydric stress, accounting for this strange intersection of slightly under and over ripeness at the same time.
A cabernet franc-driven vintage: We kept putting off the blend this year because the wines were so closed and indistinct for so long, but ultimately, they revealed themselves. We chose plots that showed a deep and full body, silky tannins, concentration, and tightly woven and compact texture. The ripe blue fruits lie alongside a ferric note and wild herbs. They are a little green inside now, but they will continue to open up over the next ten years. The 2017 Trinoro is profound.
450-600 m asl