External Reviews for Castello del Terriccio Red Bordeaux Blend Toscana IGT Lupicaia
Beautiful aromas of ripe berries, dark chocolate, flowers, spices and sandalwood. Develops wonderfully. Full-bodied, with polished, refined tannins and a very long finish. Tight and racy now. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best after 2012.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this offers a beautiful bouquet that’s redolent of sweet cherry, candied fruit, Christmas spice and potpourri. The palate shows a soft richness that’s balanced and lively without being cloying or heavy.
The 2006 Lupicaia is a highly promising effort. A melange of black fruit, leather, licorice, tar, cassis and minerals sits on a massive, brooding frame. Sage, rosemary and violets develop in the glass, adding further complexity. The Lupicaia reveals gorgeous depth and striking purity in its fruit. As is often the case, it is painfully young at this stage, but all that is required is a few more years in bottle. Lupicaia is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2016–2026.
Deep, saturated ruby. Perfumed, complex aromas of blackcurrant, red cherry, vanilla, graphite and sweet spices. The palate offers an uncanny combination of sweetness and penetrating power, with brisk acidity nicely lifting the fine-grained flavors of black fruits, mint and spices. The long, slowly mounting finish conveys an impression of energy and great finesse, plus the structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. I haven’t always been convinced that Lupicaia ages as well as some other famous Supertuscans, but this is one I'd want to lay down.