2009 Castello del Terriccio
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot|
Lovely intensity on the nose perfumed, elegant cassis, lovely almost savoury touch, violet notes. Palate has lovely saturated fruit intensity, black fruit, coffee, tobacco with some nice complexing oak. L&S (Apr 2016)
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Castello del Terriccio
The Castello del Terriccio estate is one of the most beautifully situated along the entire coastal region, some miles north of Bolgheri. The 60 hectares of vines enjoy wonderful exposure, overlooking the sea, benefitting from its warmth and brightness. The vineyards are surrounded by 'maquis' and eucalyptus trees, which as well as protecting them, also contribute to the aromas and scents that so characterise the Terriccio wines.
Planted predominately with Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah, the wines are made by consultant oenologist Carlo Ferrini, who has to date brought thirteen 'Tre Bicchiere' awards to the estate.
These are wines that can be approached almost immediately and yet age so well over a decade and more.
Owned by the extraordinarily charming Cav. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri, once a talented horseman and still a passionate breeder.
Beautifully resonant in the glass, the 2009 Lupicaia is a standout. Sweet red cherries, flowers, mint, anise, savory herbs and spices all ring out in a supple, gracious wine loaded with class. The 2009 needs a few years for some of the contours to soften, but it is a gorgeous wine with tons of personality. This is a decidedly round, sexy Lupicaia that is going to offer plenty of enjoyment over the course of the next fifteen years or so. 2016-2029 Rating: 95-95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Aug 2013)
The 2009 Lupicaia (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Petit Verdot) bares the trademark aromas of eucalyptus thanks to the soaring trees that line the perimeter of the vineyard. Dried salvia, black fruit, crushed mineral and barbecue ash are part of the complex embroidery of this gorgeous wine. The 2009 vintage shows stunning elegance and balance and is not to be missed. Drinking range: 2015 - 2035 Rating: 96 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Aug 2013)
Rich aromas of blackberries and red chili pepper. Full body, with polished tannins and lightly chewy. Long finish. Name changed from Castello del Terriccio. Better in 2014. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Aug 2012)
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