Campo di Camagi 2018
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
After the sweltering 2017, we welcomed the cooler, more even temperatures of 2018 in the valley. Abundant rainfall in late spring helped the vines recover from the preceding year’s fatigue and ready themselves for the hotter summer months ahead. Showing healthy signs of abundance, we spent many hours in the vineyard debudding with an eye toward achieving concentration later in the growing season.
Summer came and went with a return to the usual summer days and cool nights. September brought beautiful clear skies and warm, dry days. The dry days continued, with winds whipping through the valley and a sudden drop in temperature as we moved into October. The fruit began to lose its swelling,
and the berries began to soften, so we misted the fields to give the grapes the final push, and ten hours later they had recovered back from their weakened state. Then real rain arrived over the dustbowl; a distant foam in the wind; followed by the late season sun, low, orange, but still strong enough to carry the grapes into the very last new moon.
Everything again became profound and ripe, and we brought in an unexpected record crop. 2018 brought ripeness and concentration because of the long, dry autumn. Deep, rich cabernet franc are at the core of the vintage, which will produce wines of great balance, precision, and complexity.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 96+ points: “The Tenuta di Trinoro 2018 Campo di Camagi is a pure expression of Cabernet Franc from a two-hectare vineyard site that is farmed to very low yields at no more than six clusters per vine. Only 1,950 bottles were released. Like the others in this three-wine series of single-vineyard expressions, the Campo di Camagi sees a relatively short fermentation at up to 15 days in stainless steel, followed by eight months in new barrique and 10 months in cement. This vintage produces a beautifully lush and sweet bouquet with black cherry and blackberry as the undisputed protagonists. At 16%, you do feel the alcohol content. These sweet fruit aromas cede to pipe tobacco, spice and campfire ash. This wine steps forward in this vintage.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 89 points: “The 2018 Campo di Camagi is the most overly ripe of these three Cabernet Francs. Super-ripe red cherry, pomegranate, sweet spice and new leather all open up in the glass. Readers should plan on giving the 2018 a good bit of air, as it needs time to come together. For my taste, the 2018 is a bit over-ripe and pruney, while the tannins reamin searing, even with aeration. The Camagi is 100% Cabernet Franc from a parcel planted on quartz and limestone.”
Othmar Kiem – Simon Staffler, Falstaff, 94 points
Vinum, 17 points
Gambero Rosso, Tre Bicchieri
100% Cabernet Franc
550 m asl