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Castello del Terriccio Red Bordeaux Blend Toscana IGT Lupicaia 2003

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Wine & Spirits Review From a 12.5-acre vineyard planted in 1989 to cabernet sauvignon (90%) and merlot (10%), this 2003 requires long aeration to get past its initial superripe, chocolatey character. Slowly, an intriguing soil complexity and refinement begin to develop, the wine potent, constricted around its tannins. After each taste, the wine leaves you breathing minerals for over a minute. Built to age ten years or more, this should prove exceptional with bottle time. Wine Tasting Notes This wine's dense, highly extracted cassis and black cherry flavors and aromas are punctuated by distinct notes of cedar, smoke and forest, set in a ripe, firmly focused tannic structure ending in an elegant, sustained finish.

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Castello del Terriccio:
The origin of the Terriccio Estate goes back to the very far past. It extends over a territory where the Etruscans extracted iron and copper of which there are still traces to be seen today. During the period of the Maritime Republics, of the fratricidal feuds and the pirate attacks, the old castle, stronghold realized in the estate, became for the Republic of Pisa an important strategical outp... Read more
The origin of the Terriccio Estate goes back to the very far past. It extends over a territory where the Etruscans extracted iron and copper of which there are still traces to be seen today. During the period of the Maritime Republics, of the fratricidal feuds and the pirate attacks, the old castle, stronghold realized in the estate, became for the Republic of Pisa an important strategical outpost to control a stretch of the Tyrrhenian coast. Today, the 25 hectares under vine in the early 1980s have expanded to about 60 currently in production. Other grapes have been planted, in addition to the varieties already mentioned. Syrah, for example, was first planted in 1999 as part of an estate experiment to study, by means of microvinifications, the ability of other varieties to adapt and express themselves. The aim is to identify varieties that could expand the ampelographic profile of the area and offer new prospects for quality. The vine densities used for the new plantings were high, but not excessively so. A density of about 5,500 vines per hectare was adopted in the vineyards that supply the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes for the second red wine, Tassinaia, and roughly 7,000 for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the small proportion (roughly 10%) of Merlot that go into the blend for Lupicaia. Visits by appointment Read less

External Reviews for Castello del Terriccio Red Bordeaux Blend Toscana IGT Lupicaia

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine & Spirits ReviewFrom a 12.5-acre vineyard planted in 1989 to cabernet sauvignon (90%) and merlot (10%), this 2003 requires long aeration to get past its initial superripe, chocolatey character. Slowly, an intriguing soil complexity and refinement begin to develop, the wine potent, constricted around its tannins. After each taste, the wine leaves you breathing minerals for over a minute. Built to age ten years or more, this should prove exceptional with bottle time.Wine Tasting NotesThis wine's dense, highly extracted cassis and black cherry flavors and aromas are punctuated by distinct notes of cedar, smoke and forest, set in a ripe, firmly focused tannic structure ending in an elegant, sustained finish.


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Lupicaia, a blend of 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and ten percent Merlot, is vinified from hand-selected grapes from the estate's best plantings.This wine's dense, highly extracted cassis and black cherry flavors and aromas are punctuated



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Wine & Spirits Review From a 12.5-acre vineyard planted in 1989 to cabernet sauvignon (90%) and merlot (10%), this 2003 requires long aeration to get past its initial superripe, chocolatey character. Slowly, an intriguing soil complexity and refinement begin to develop, the wine potent, constricted around its tannins. After each taste, the wine leaves you breathing minerals for over a minute. Built to age ten years or more, this should prove exceptional with bottle time. Wine Tasting Notes This wine's dense, highly extracted cassis and black cherry flavors and aromas are punctuated by distinct notes of cedar, smoke and forest, set in a ripe, firmly focused tannic structure ending in an elegant, sustained finish.

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