Vini Franchetti Tenuta di Trinoro, Toscano Rosso IGT (Tuscany, Italy) “Le Cupole” 2020

($35):  Cupole is the second wine of Tenuta di Tinoro, a “Super Tuscan” that commands a three-digit price tag — and the first digit is not a one.  Like the first wine, Cupole is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot that varies year to year to years depending on how the individual varieties fare during the growing season.  The 2020 Cupole, a bold wine, has surprisingly suave tannins and a silky texture for its size.  A lovely subtle bitterness in the finish adds to its appeal.  Many will not be deterred by a hint of heat in the finish — from its 14.5 percent stated alcohol speaking.  In truth, the alcohol reflects the ripeness and robust nature of this beautifully textured wine. It would be a good choice this winter with a hearty slab of beef.
90 Michael Apstein Nov 22, 2022