Campo di Magnacosta 2020
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
Campo di Magnacosta was the first of our three Cabernet Franc Cru born in 2011 from an idea of Andrea Franchetti that was to enhance the characteristics of a precise terroir. Campo di Magnacosta is a 1.5 hectare parcel of river gravel and silt on the valley’s bottom, where an old stream ate into a hill (Magna:eat ; Costa: hillside). It was planted over 20 years ago with cuttings from a vineyard in Pomerol where Cabernet Franc has grown for three centuries.
18 September 2020
We go outside early in the morning and head for the vineyards; the air is already getting hot. We reach the closest rows of bear fruit, it’s being whipped by a southerly wind that is keeping summer hanging on the valley. I grab some berries of merlot, they don’t have much taste – it’s too early and the fruit is sugary and flat. The wind gets stronger every day, by the 30th of September I see some areas with clusters of fruit starting to shrivel. Then the wind grows deafening; rain bursts and starts falling white and loud over the vines and it keeps up for the next three days.
When it stops, the air has turned cold, the whole valley lays a bit darkened under the sun: I think that the season has finally broken. We wait two days for grapes to get dry, then we are back in the vineyards, tasting; this time there are plenty of aromas. Other people come up and join us from the winery as we stand in the vineyards savouring these berries getting used to our first tastes ripeness this year.
3 October, 2020
Very much on schedule for merlot, the new harvest starts. We are picking good lots of fruit. At the cellar, the winemakers get busy and take charge of the first loads of grapes of our vintage 2020. The cellar’s people are very good. They will move quickly from now on as the harvest intensifies, discerning and separating the harvest in tanks, each filled with must from the vineyard of origin. These first merlots send out rich aromas: they have absorbed drought first, then cold weather, then rain. While more pickers arrive in the morning, I venture into the higher vineyards to taste berries; they are freezing cold, everywhere thought they are ripe; by the next day we have finished picking all of them. There is a pause before our vines of cabernet franc come in season. For few days rain falls sparsely from rushing skies in the dim sunlight, until the 6th of October.
6-10 October, 2020
All grounds are very wet but a stronger sun burns over the vineyards; walking on the shining mud in the parcels of cabernet franc the grapes appear ripe now, all tracts are actually ripening quickly and it’s happening in the usual sequence for this estate. We call the team to harvest in cold an uncertain weather and continue for days in alternate light as big clouds rush over us. The grapes taste better every day; we pioneer the highest vineyards ahead of the picking team. Those parcels are the last and are crucial to us every year because of their special quality; it’s the 10th of October, we bring those grapes in the winery. This rainy year cabernet franc is showing a brilliant and intrepid sort of ripeness. It’s the result of the heat in September coming early, then the rains and the long bursts of sunlight.
Othmar Kiem – Simon Staffler, Falstaff, 96 points
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 95 points: “The 2020 Campo di Magnacosta is a wine of depth and gravitas. Dark cherry, lavender, spice, sage and leather fill out the layers. There’s terrific breadth and volume here, but also a good bit of tannin that needs time to soften. I would not be in a rush. This is an especially virile expression of Franc. Drinking window: 2025-2040”
Monica Larner – Robertparker.com, 94 points “One of three single-vineyard expressions of Cabernet Franc produced at Tenuta di Trinoro, the
2020 Campo di Magnacosta comes from a warm climate and has an almost milky feel with a creamy texture backed by cacao, toasted espresso bean, sweet soil and lots of extracted dark fruit. This vintage doesn’t deliver the chiseled pencil shaving aromas that you usually get with Cabernet Franc, but it does show lots of richness and powdery tannins. I found this wine to be slightly more accessible than the others. Only 1,400 bottles were released.” Drink Date
2024 – 2040
100% Cabernet Franc
400 m asl