Wine Review – 2006 Le Cupole Trinoro (Italy)

4th April 2011

Producer: Tenuta di Trinoro

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Vintage: 2006

Varietal: 47% Cabernet Franc 13.5% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 9.5% Petit Verdot

Description: I really enjoyed this Bordeaux Blend from none other than Tuscany! Aromas of red cherry, pepper, and flowers round of this wine's soft tannins. Le Cupole is full-bodied and finishes dry. Priced at $33, this wine is complex and and truly Sip-Worthy !

Sip-Worthy Analysis:


The combination of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon is commonly referred to as a “Bordeaux Blend”.  These grapes (in varying combinations) generally make up the famous French Bordeaux wines that are coveted by the great wine collectors of the world.   Yet, my post said Italy because that is the origin of this particular wine and I was pleasantly surprised by this wine find.

The wine comes from the region of Tuscany in Italy, which is better known for Chianti wines.  Tuscany, however, is no stranger to the French grapes that comprise this wine for it was this region that popularized the combination of indigenous Italian grapes like Sangiovese with traditional French grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon into the “Super Tuscan”.

From the Winery (….for the Wine Geeks):


Cold years like 2006 launch grapes into a prolonged waiting season. The ripeness at which we like to pick them doesn’t happen before many cold nights of a late fall, and then it is usually lost to the rains. Bad weather in the fall of 2006 was just never in the forecasts. We were able to wait the spotted ripening out until we could pick the grapes at perfect maturity. The clay of the ground and the freshness of the late season also lent acidity to the maturity of the fruit making this vintage a superior one.

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