Le Cupole 2017
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
The second label of Tenuta di Trinoro, Le Cupole was first produced in 1995. It is a Bordeaux blend, full of fleshy, bright fruit, extracted tannins, and rich color.
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.
The Cupole is fruity and ripe, with the blend dominated by merlot this vintage. We harvested the merlot September 1-15, the cabernet franc sporadically from September 15 to October 13, the cabernet sauvignon from September 23 to October 24 (the last day of the harvest), and the petit verdot between October 17 and 23.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 93 points: “A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2017 Le Cupole is a gorgeous wine with thick, dark intensity and a sense of bright energy nonetheless. The wine pours from the bottle with midnight darkness. The bouquet offers soft, ripe and opulent fruit, but considering the heat and the drought associated with this vintage, the fruit is expertly managed. There are no jammy overtones or overtly ripe aromas as I had expected, and the tannins are velvety and subdued. Serve it alongside a gnocchi alla chiantigiana (with tomato, ground beef, garlic, pecorino and sage). Production was an ample 69,226 bottles with this one.”
16% Cabernet Franc
17% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Petit Verdot
450-600 m asl