Tenuta Di Trinoro Le Cupole 2014
A different Super Tuscan, without any Sangiovese in it. A true Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc 48%, Merlot 42%, and Cabernet Sauvignon 10%. Profile of dark cherries, mulberries, herbs, sweet spice, tobacco, mouth coating tannins, and deliciously long finish. With 4 years age on it, its really starting to come into its element. Old world Bordeaux quality without the price.
'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.
Because of the cool growing season, the fruit showed noticeably different flavors between each patch. There were 36 separate pickings from 29 September until 28 October for this wine.'