2007 Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole

I recently had the chance to taste this wine at and pretty impressive Italian wine tasting and I have to say it was among the best of the night. In fact, many people at the tasting were raving about it's quality for the price tag ($27). It's a IGT wine from Tuscany's Maremma subregion and is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot.

On the nose I found aromas of ripe black cherry, raspberry, leather, wild flowers, and hints of soil. It's a very opulent and fruit driven style, and while there is a high percentage of Cab Franc in the blend the wine doesn't display any traces of an herbal or vegetal nature.

On the palate this wine is smooth and sexy and reveals flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry, milk chocolate, and hints of earth. It's a fantastically ripe wine that is silky on the palate, but has plenty of strength and tannin on the finish.

For a wine in this price range this is an absolute stunner in terms of quality. To get this density of fruit and silkiness on the palate you'd easily spend upwards of sixty dollars. 93 points

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