Magnacosta 2011

The 2011 vintage was made of heat waves and drought. We decided to wait out the drought until each vineyard had reached its best ripeness. We screened the fruit, sprinkled leaves at night, turned the ground around the vines to keep them moving forward; the vineyards lost speed, then stopped.

At the middle of the month, for one night, we had an extraordinary, long tempest that broke the spell of the weather, transferred us into Fall, dropped temperatures and started offering a state of fresher fruit to the cabernet franc grapes: they accepted, slipping out of near-death; when we picked them in the last ten days of October they came in great condition and exciting different modes of ripeness.

Many wines were grandiose in one way or another, especially the startling array of cabernet francs; we decided to keep this one aside as a special bottling.


Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 92 points: “Tenuta di Trinoro’s 2011 Magnacosta is 100% Cabernet Franc made from cuttings sourced from one of Pomerol’s most prestigious estates. Plums, black cherries, mocha and espresso all wrap around the palate in a incredibly juicy, opulent wine. The 2011 is super rich and concentrated, but it works. This is the most immediate of Tenuta di Trinoro’s high end bottlings. (Drinking window: 2013 – 2021)”

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