Campo di Camagi 2017


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.

This year, we harvested in the Campo di Camagi on October 13th. Camagi shows such pure black fruit, with a deep and concentrated character. The tannins are massive and velvety, coating the palate like a heavy velvet curtain.


Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 94 points: “Of these three single-vineyard Cabernet Francs, the 2017 Campo di Camagi is a uniquely complete and satisfying wine. As you should expect, the wine is dense, dark and inky black in appearance. In the case of this Cabernet Franc, the bouquet shows an extra degree of focus and detailing with crushed stone and faint mineral at the back of blackberry and prune. Like the other wines in this series from the hot 2017 vintage, the tannins show some dryness and tightness. A scarce 1,400 bottles were made.”

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 94 points: “A supple, fluid red, this exhibits black currant, black cherry, iron, tobacco and toasty oak flavors. This firms up as it builds toward the long finish. Very pure and elegant. Best from 2021 through 2033. 116 cases made.”

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