Wine Advocate 94
"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."
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A charismatic man, who lives life with great intent, Andrea Franchetti, the proprietor of both Tenuta di Trinoro in Tuscany and Passopisciaro in Sicily, is the nephew of Cy Twombly and the heir to a textile fortune that threads his mother's line. Described by Jancis Robinson in 2002, as "a youthful Yves Saint Laurent," Franchetti once ran a restaurant in Rome, before moving on to distribute Italian wines in the U.S., from 1982-86.
Before returning to Italy, Andrea Franchetti went to Bordeaux to learn the art of winemaking from his dear friends, Jean Luc Thunevin of Chateau Valandraud and Peter Sisseck of Domino de Pingus.
In 1992, he landed in the province of Siena, where Tuscany intersects with Umbria and Lazio, a remote region that hadn't seen vines in years. Always a risk taker, Andrea planted Bordeaux varietals, in lieu of Sangiovese, at high elevations (500-700m) on the slopes of Mount Amiata. Then as now, he practices high density planting (approximately 9,000 vines/ha), and prunes heavily (60%) to produce low yields, while allowing the grapes to linger long on the vines for a growing season that can extend into November. Working with only free run juice, Andrea's production is quite small, and limited to, on average, a mere 750 cases a year.