Le Cupole 2018
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.
After the sweltering summer of 2017, we welcomed the cooler, more even temperatures of 2018 in the valley. As we neared the end of August, we were looking at larger than usual clusters, not too sweet for the period, and unusually soft in their early fruit. Because of these cooler temperatures, the vineyards were able to ripen the fruit and tannins earlier; all of that is usually kept back because of heat in August. The skins, thin as they were, wereincredibly forward in color – they stained the fingers!
Usually, that happens in mid-October. A strange wind and drop in temperature arrived in the valley between the merlot and the harvest of the rest of thegrapes – we had huge clusters for the first time in our history, but the fruit began to lose its swelling, and the berries began to get softer. With this situation, we couldn’t yet pick the grapes — they’re too flat yet full of sweetness — so we misted the fields to give the grapes the final push, followed by a real rain. Then the sun a bit far in the season, low, orange, saving
again until this very last new moon. Everything again became profound and ripe, and we picked.
Mysterious for now, fascinating. This vintage will be an original one.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 94 points: “This is a terrific wine that hits that proverbial sweet spot between excellence and value. The Tenuta di Trinoro 2018 Le Cupole is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 37% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot that sees a brief eight months in second and third-passage barrique followed by some additional resting time in cement. Production is an ample 70,000 bottles. This lovely vintage shows dark fruit intensity and richness with cherry, blackberry and plum. There is a touch of sweetness, but the mouthfeel is well constructed and layered with phenolic tightness and tight natural structure that will help it age 10 years or more. Le Cupole is one of the best values found in Tuscany.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 90 points: “The 2018 Le Cupole is a delicious entry-level offering from Trinoro. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berry, mint and blood orange all run through the 2018. In this vintage, Le Cupole is a bit lighter than it often is. I would prefer to drink this fruity red over the next handful of years.”
Othmar Kiem – Simon Staffler, Falstaff, 93 points
40% Cabernet Franc
13% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Petit Verdot
450-600 m asl