Le Cupole

Tenuta di Trinoro

Pronunciation
Lay-Coop-oh-leh
Year
Current Vintage
Type
Red
Winery
Tenuta di Trinoro
Region
Toscana
Oenologist
Andrea Franchetti

Overview

Andrea Franchetti's 2011s are extreme. There is no way of getting around that. The wines are intense, opulent and among the richest Tuscan wines I have ever tasted. Stylistically, the 2011s could pass for wines from Napa Valley if it weren't for the distinctly Tuscan elements of structure that underpin the fruit. The 2011s are ripe and silky, with suggestions of sweetness and alcohols in the 16%-16.5% range. But that is Franchetti. He makes wines that reflect each vintage to the core. The 2011s spent just 5-6 months in 100% new oak barrels and were then racked into cement, where they finished aging. In the 2011s, readers should expect wines with Amarone-like levels of viscosity and richness, especially with the top wines in the range. I suggest serving the wines on the cool side, which will help keep the alcohols from being too aggressive.

Wine Notes

Grape Variety
40% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
Vinification
Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel with skin contact
Aging
8 months in French barriques and 10 months in cement
Alcohol
14.5%
| Appearance
Bright ruby color, with a garnet hint
| Aroma
Ripe fruit, crushed flowers, smoke and bacon fat emerge from this deep, richly-flavored wine
| Taste
An explosive wine. It is an unusually complex wine at this level silky and velvety with bright freshness on the finish
| Serving Suggestions
Pasta dishes, ravioli with cheese, seasoned poultry

Le Cupole

Suggested Retail:
$59.00
CSPC#:
635771
Available Sizes:
750ml
1500ml
3000ml
Bottles Per Case:
6

Reviews

Vinous - August 2013 - Antonio Galloni - 89 Points

The 2011 Le Cupole is far from a shy wine. Waves of rapsberry jam, pomegranate, cloves and new leather hit the palate in a decidedly exuberant, huge wine that captures the personality of this precocious, warm vintage. Still, there is gorgeous depth and plenty of generosity in the 2011. Le Cupole, Trinoro's second wine, is made from barrels that don't make the cut for the top selections. Once again, Le Cupole is irresistible.