Campo di Magnacosta 2018
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
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.
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, 95 points: “This is one of three single-vineyard expressions made by the talented Mr. Franchetti. The Tenuta di Trinoro 2018 Campo di Magnacosta (with only 1,950 bottles released) is powerful and complex. Campo di Magnacosta is also very elegant, showing a slow and careful approach that takes on volume and latitude as the wine opens aromatically. Give it time. Black fruit, Spanish cedar, charred meat, crushed river stone and exotic spice take center stage. The mouthfeel offers a lot of texture and succulence, but the finish is linear and structured. The wine’s length ultimately translates into elegance.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 94 points: “The 2018 Campo di Magnacosta is ample and expressive, with a real sense of textural breadth that distinguishes it in this range. Super-ripe dark cherry, gravel, mint, spice and leather tones give the 2018 striking complexity. Incisive tannins need time to soften. Readers who can wait will be rewarded with a fabulous, deeply expressive wine. The 2018 Campo di Magnacosta is 100% Cabernet Franc from a site on an old river bed.”
Othmar Kiem – Simon Staffler, Falstaff, 96 points
Vinum, 17 points
Bibenda, 5 Grappoli
100% Cabernet Franc
400 m asl