Tenuta di Trinoro 2017 Rosso Toscana
A Cabernet franc-driven vintage: Tenuta di Trinoro chose plots that showed a deep and full body, silky tannins, concentration, and tightly woven and compact texture. The ripe blue fruits lie alongside a ferric note and wild herbs.
Blend: 69% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a beautiful wine with infinite depth. Born in a hot and dry vintage, the 2017 Tenuta di Trinoro never steps over the line into jammy or overripe territory. In fact, the wine is masterfully restrained and elegantly managed. Andrea Franchetti dealt with a harvest that, as he put it, yielded "tiny berries, all skin and seeds and no juice." I only feel the heat of the vintage in the tannins, which are a bit dryer and more astringent in this wine. This full-bodied Tuscan red boasts deep layers of black fruit, spice, tar and campfire ash.
Fresh, bright cherry and blackberry flavors contrast with firm tannins in this compact red, lending an overall impression of both ripeness and latent power. Offers a finish of leafy, tobacco and spice notes. Be patient. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2036.
This opens with balsamic aromas of camphor, new leather and cedar that mingle with mature black-skinned fruit. Full-bodied and powerfully structured, the concentrated palate reflects the heat of the vintage, offering dried cherry, raisin, grilled sage and star anise alongside the warmth of evident alcohol. Assertive, close-grained tannins clench the finish. Give it a few years to let the tannins unfurl.