Bianco di Trinoro 2017
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
2017 was a drought year throughout Italy, and the resulting wines have a great density and concentration. In 2017, we picked on the 31st of August and the grapes were then whole cluster pressed by hand on a small vertical press and run into stainless steel, where it was fermented at 22°C. The white juice was then decanted again and run into glass demi-johns, where it stayed on the lees until bottling the following July. It remained in bottle until the following February.
There is a sweet fruit character to the semillon of this vintage, even though it was fermented totally dry. Its deep golden color gives way to a rich, sweet golden apple nose, with floral notes reminiscent of jasmine. On the palate, there is a lovely freshness that comes from its high and bright acidity, which cuts through its fuller body. Overall, it’s a very together white: a ripe and round texture, tightly knit, and full of tension. This interplay of textures provides a particularly compelling contrast with its ripe, fruity character. We produced approximately 1,000 bottles this vintage.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 92 points: “Here’s a surprise from an estate that has made quite a name for itself in the world of full-bodied red wines from Tuscany. Indeed, the 2017 Bianco di Trinoro by Andrea Franchetti comes out of left field. (And with only 1,000 bottles made, only the lucky will catch sight of one.) Fermented in steel and aged on the lees in a series of glass demijohns, this pure expression of Semillon surprises for its lightness, brightness and crispness, and it’s ultimately a white wine that represents a direct opposite to the Trinoro staple of reds. However, this is not a simple wine. Indeed, it offers many layers of intensity with stone and tropical fruit followed by creamy pastry. It should be interesting to watch its evolution over the next five years.”
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 86 points: “A rich, round version, with butterscotch, apple, peach and spice flavors, wrapped in a creamy texture. Drink now. 83 cases made.”
1,000 bottles (85 cases)