Tenuta di Trinoro 2014
From December on in 2014 we had a rainy and warm winter. In spring, budding came early, on April 9th, and very early flowering started extending uniformly through the vineyards from May 15th. This, later, would put some of our pickings at a record-breaking 140 days after flowering.
Fast coloring of berries in all the vineyards during the last days of July confirmed to us how the plants were full of energy. We dropped a third of the grape load from our plants, and because of repeating rains, we hired more people to work in the vineyard throughout the summer. Other forces in the plants worked away the water, and the fruit remained firm and healthy to the end.
We had a sunny second half of September, during which heard bad stories of rot in the vineyards north of Trinoro. We started picking Merlot from early-ripening blocks on the September 29th to October 2nd; the other tracts came a few days later, on the October 6th, 7th, and 8th. It was all good fruit that, because of the cool growing season, showed noticeably different flavors between each patch. On October 10th, 11th, and 12th we picked the first Cabernet Franc parcels. On the 13th, a storm broke on the farm, and rain fell hard for two days. The grapes’ health in the valley’s bottom was getting bad, and we had to organize a hurried picking there with lots of people working in the rain on the 15th.
The weather turned and became quite good, and two days later we were finding very good grapes in the vineyards on the mountain’s side. Here we picked the best Cabernet Francs of the year on October 17th, 18th, and 21st. In the winery we could again notice different flavors in the pickings coming from different vineyards. The weather held for another week, then we picked the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot on October 28th.
In 2014, we’ve made a wine that evokes a mountain forest and swells with motion under a glossy, black cover.
Monica Larner, Robert Parker, 94+ points: “Andrea Franchetti’s 2014 Tenuta di Trinoro represents the vintner’s definitive shift to a more elegant and focused style of winemaking. This wine was once celebrated for its super ripe aromas and sweet, jammy flavors. But this cool vintage hammers home a new approach that sees less bulk and density—something Franchetti has been enthusiastically embracing over the past five years or so. The results are stratospheric. The Tenuta di Trinoro property sees pretty high average temperatures in summer. The quality of fruit offers special grace and elegance in cool years like this. Among the many samples I have tasted across Tuscany from the 2014 vintage, Tenuta di Trinoro is a memorable wine and a landmark achievement.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 94 points: “The 2014 Trinoro is polished and understated, with less of the textural intensity than is the norm. Then again, this is 2014. Sweet floral notes melt into a core of dark blue/purplish berry fruit, with scents of lavender, chocolate and spice that develop later. Medium in body and overall structure, the 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Today it is sensual, beautifully layered and easy to enjoy.”
450-600 meters asl