Magnacosta 2012

After a second consecutive rainless winter, in spring the vineyards started their efforts very slowly showing tiredness as if the plants hadn’t recovered from the heat of 2011 and were short of resources as they were going about developing their new canopy. There were thin shoots and scarce leafage. In June flowering happened evenly enough but slowly. It became clear that the plants would continue to hold back their energy as they traversed every stage of development; and that that would also avoid jumpiness and blocking. The berries’ reddening happened evenly and very slowly, each left on the vine until it reached its own individual maturity, even while the sugars remained quite low.

Magnacosta shows the kind of grandiose and flowery wines that are sometimes the result of vines growing in deep river bed soils. The wine is quite primary in its youth, full of black pepper, plush black fruit, and with a strong tannic structure – a wine made to last. This is the second vintage of this wine.


“Dark red cherries, plums, smoke new leather, savory herbs, tobacco and spices meld together in the 2012 Magnacosta, Trinoro’s 100% Cabernet Franc. Today, the flavors are quite raw and not fully developed, but the wine impresses for its energy, vitality and pure, radiant fruit. Readers need to be patient, but this is a great wine in the making. (Drinking window: 2017 – 2027)”

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