Campo di Magnacosta 2017


A single vineyard at 400 m asl, Campo di Magnacosta is a 1.5-hectare parcel of river gravel and silt on the valley’s bottom, planted with cuttings from Pomerol.

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 Magnacosta on October 12th. The wine is quite peppery and spicy on the nose, with a green bell pepper note. On the palate, notes of ripe blackberry and prunes, chocolate, black pepper dominate.


Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 94 points: “One of three single-vineyard expressions of Cabernet Franc from Andrea Franchetti, the 2017 Campo di Magnacosta shows unique power. Only 1,700 bottles were made of this wine, coming from vines grafted with cuttings brought over about 20 years ago from Pomerol, an age-old French home of Cabernet Franc. The wine brings forth aromas of dried blackberry and plum backed by spice, smoke, tar and licorice. It is streamlined and focused in terms of mouthfeel, carrying its considerable weight with steady and even strides.”

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 93 points: This ripe red exudes plum, black cherry, wild thyme and oak spice flavors. Balanced and lively, showing excellent length and energy on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2033. 133 cases made.”

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