Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole IGT Toscana 2018
Tenuta di Trinoro sits in a valley where Tuscany meets Umbria and Lazio. Led by Andrea Franchetti, the estate is producing remarkable Bordeaux blends with a focus on Cabernet Franc. The estate's second wine, Cupole was first produced in 1995. It is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. It is aged in one to three-year-old barriques and cement. The wine is velvety and approachable, with fresh red fruit and spice.
WA94: 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.