Tenuta di Trinoro Red Bordeaux Blend Toscana IGT 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The winter of 2007 at Trinoro was strangely warm and rainless, we watched the dry ditches and diminishing springs until April. In May the season came uncertainly, with showers and cold spells that brought irregular budding, uneven flowering and scarce settings; at the beginning of July berries still had unusual differences in size, but the vines were racing ahead, sensing the dry soil; when the summer fell to cooler nights in early September the vineyards were presenting us with grapes that looked convincingly, beautifully ripe. Most Tuscan wine producers started harvesting, but at Trinoro we thought the grapes light and still tasting very closed. At dawn on the 15th we sprayed the skies over the vineyard with a mist of water, and repeated this everyday for a week; we let the moon run another full cycle; and finally picked, our first Merlot coming in at the beginning of October. Cabernet Franc followed in the middle, Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot at the end of the month.2007 was a vintage where wines from late-ripening fruit like Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot came out on top, because they could live longer to the dew of autumn mornings. Musts in the vats had very little juice - the pumps would sometimes fail for lack of liquid in the mass which, pushed, made a sound like wicker. After fermentation the wines looked black and impenetrable for months before they started deepening. In April they were showing a kind of fruit and tannin the like of which we have never seen before. There is no doubt that this vintage's wine will be peaking for many years.We mixed wine for 800 cases of Tenuta di Trinoro. The cut is 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot.

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Tenuta di Trinoro:
Our wine is so aromatic and bright in its fruit that here, more than in other vintages of Tenuta di Trinoro, one has to look at what happened before this year's ripening season to see why a wine like this has come about. The wines were also like that: jolly, strange, aromatic, foreign when they started showing a few months later. Now, after mixing them, the 2008 vintage seems to be being borne ... Read more
Our wine is so aromatic and bright in its fruit that here, more than in other vintages of Tenuta di Trinoro, one has to look at what happened before this year's ripening season to see why a wine like this has come about. The wines were also like that: jolly, strange, aromatic, foreign when they started showing a few months later. Now, after mixing them, the 2008 vintage seems to be being borne powerful, vast and ringing, quite unusual among the vintages of this valley. Read less

The winter of 2007 at Trinoro was strangely warm and rainless, we watched the dry ditches and diminishing springs until April. In May the season came uncertainly, with showers and cold spells that brought irregular budding, uneven flowering and scarce settings; at the beginning of July berries still had unusual differences in size, but the vines were racing ahead, sensing the dry soil; when the summer fell to cooler nights in early September the vineyards were presenting us with grapes that looked convincingly, beautifully ripe. Most Tuscan wine producers started harvesting, but at Trinoro we thought the grapes light and still tasting very closed. At dawn on the 15th we sprayed the skies over the vineyard with a mist of water, and repeated this everyday for a week; we let the moon run another full cycle; and finally picked, our first Merlot coming in at the beginning of October. Cabernet Franc followed in the middle, Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot at the end of the month.2007 was a vintage where wines from late-ripening fruit like Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot came out on top, because they could live longer to the dew of autumn mornings. Musts in the vats had very little juice - the pumps would sometimes fail for lack of liquid in the mass which, pushed, made a sound like wicker. After fermentation the wines looked black and impenetrable for months before they started deepening. In April they were showing a kind of fruit and tannin the like of which we have never seen before. There is no doubt that this vintage's wine will be peaking for many years.We mixed wine for 800 cases of Tenuta di Trinoro. The cut is 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot.

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