Gorgeous nose of perfume, olive, dark fruit and chocolate. Ripe fruit, high acidity, med grip and tannins, some green notes provide the clue that this tuscan wine is bdx varietals and 40% cab franc at that. The 15.5% alcohol and fruit are balanced really well by high acidity and freshness. While this wine flirts with my limits for ripeness and oak it does so in a way that respects the place, varietals, and style which just exudes sexiness and class. I will keep Le Cupole on the buy list based on this latest showing.
Nose - casis, olive Mouth - drinking great, singing, complex red & dark fruit, licorice, fully dry but gives the impression of sweet blackberries and cassis. nice acidity and sleek tannins leads to a very balanced drink. Excellent.
Color is still totally opaque. Nose has menthol, mint and some tobacco. Touch of green bell pepper notes but very subtle. Palate shows charcoal tinged cool black fruits. Still some decent tannic structure. Well integrated acidity. Definitely no where near over the hill.
Popped and poured. Followed after 2 hours. Dark garnet, faint bricking. Fragrant bouquet of raspberry, tobacco, leather and sous-bois. Full bodied dark fruit attack that quickly ratchets up to an acidic tinged mid-palate flaunting dark cherry against some rather coarse tannins. Final is a bit muddled with some prickly heat and astringent corners sticking out.
Overall this feels a bit rough and would do better with food than as it was here on its own. I sense this could easily go another 5 years and probably needs at least two for some of the tannins to better integrate.
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To kick off a celebratory week, today’s offer ranks as one of the very best price/value bargains of 2010...so I saved it for last.
We’ve offered the 2007 Le Cupole 3-4 other times (at a much higher tariff) but we continue to receive re-order requests at a consistent clip. That typically means the wine has hit a nerve with the Email List as the requests have come from a diverse and wide range of palates. At , it was already one of the best deals in high-end Tuscan wine, at today’s celebratory price, it’s just about crazy.
Grown with strict organic principals that utilize a series of clay, lime and grapefruit seed as “pesticides” instead of chemicals, Andrea Franchetti labors over the upbringing of this wine with the same detail as his $200-300 Tenuta di Trinoro. From a preponderance of estate grown Cabernet Franc, this is a large-scaled but still medium-weight and elegant rendition of Bordeaux meets Tuscany with a decided slant toward the style of something like Tertre Roteboeuf. As a comparison to what’s available on the world market, there really is no other comparison at the level (maybe something like Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove but that is and more obviously extracted/oaked?):
Ian d’Agata: “Only Andre Franchetti, an enological genius, can amuse himself with small percentage of 3% Cesanese, 2% of uva di Troia and the like, all grape varieties that are atypical for the area he has chosen to cultivate them in. Le Cupole is amazingly rich in ripe fresh fruit and has to be considered a true masterpiece, also in view of its very fair price. You won’t find a better bottle of red wine anywhere”.
Whatever you make of it, this is a contender for the #1 deal of 2010 and the bottled wine is deserving of the accolades (not just printed words of praise).
If you have any interest in this wine, please let Niki know at your earliest convenience.
This parcel is directly from the winery cellar in Sarteano with perfect provenance, it’s set to arrive in early 2011 -
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2007 Tenuta di Trinoro “Le Cupole” IGT - (WA92)(Veronelli 3/3) (compare at +, up to in Europe)
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Another pleasant surprise this morning - a second parcel of Tenuta di Trinoro's 2007 Le Cupole is on the way - directly from the winery cellar. If you are looking for provenance, it doesn't get much closer to the source than this.
Already an email list favorite for its sultry style, this wine continue to integrate and improve with an exotic "please drink me" flair that sets it apart. For the tariff, I will reiterate its status among the top price/value candidates in all of Tuscany, especially compared to the Cabernet-based entrants from Bolgheri (although the Le Cupole is from Sarteano, which is actually closer to Lago Trasimeno and Umbria than the Mediterranean). In addition, it would not be out of place as the second wine of a Bordeaux stand-out like Tertre Roteboeuf (at a fraction of the cost).
The 2007 is the most critically acclaimed version of this wine yet - it has become something of an enigma on our shores so I will leave it at that:
This parcel is directly from the winery cellar with perfect provenance
VERY RARE in the US:
2007 Tenuta di Trinoro "Le Cupole" IGT (750ml) (the $30 price on this wine in Europe is not the norm anymore)
If you are spending $50-100 or more on Pichon-Baron, Clos du Marquis, Ornellaia or even something like Tertre Roteboeuf, this wine should peak your interest as it is one of the very finest price/value stars in the world of Cabernet and Franc blends. In a blind tasting with any of the wines above, the 2007 Le Cupole will more than hold its own and the exotic twist from the Tuscan sun sets it apart.
This wine has been very hard for us to obtain this year as it's been equally as popular in Europe as in the US. Whatever meager amount came to our shores appears to have disappeared at this point (when you read Antonio Galloni's review below you will understand why this has sold through the market so quickly - the hype is justified). I'm not going to go any further as quantities are too limited.
With that, here goes - this one speaks for itself...
This parcel is directly from the winery cellar with perfect provenance:
2007 Tenuta di Trinoro "Le Cupole" IGT (750ml) (I'm not sure any exists in the US at this point for a price comparison)
2007 Tenuta di Trinoro "Le Cupole" IGT 1.5lt
2007 Tenuta di Trinoro "Le Cupole" IGT 3.0lt
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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