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There is evident heat to the fruit in the 2011 Lupicaia, but the balsam intensity or tertiary aromas also come through. The wine shows green notes of grilled herb and a sharper, more defined level of fruit intensity. The wine is profound and deep. The tannins are very well integrated, and the wine shows a vertical softness that makes this vintage stand out from the rest. I could see it pairing nicely with the classic Tuscan veal stew, spezzatino di vitello. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 94 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (May 2019)
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Deep smudgy crimson. Smells sweeter fruited than the 2013 – 2011 was a warmer vintage. More damson and cassis here. But there's a lovely scent of cigar box and pepper here too. The tannins have the thickness of new oak ageing but are starting to resolve to a more chocolate character. Still a way to go. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 Rating: 17+ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2019)
Castello del Terriccio's 2011 Lupicaia, the estate's Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot blend, is dark, sensual and inviting. Scents of tobacco, grilled herbs, licorice, espresso and French oak meld around a core of super-ripe dark stone fruit. Unctuous and concentrated in the glass, the 2011 needs time to shed some baby fat and find its center. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 93+ Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Nov 2016)
Aromas of ripe fruit, meat, walnuts and dark berries. Blackcurrants, too. Full body with round, velvety tannins. A little chewy. Balsamic and fresh-mushroom undertones. Big wine. Bordeaux blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon. Better in 2018. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2015)
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.Tragically at the end of 2019 the extraordinarily charming owner Cav. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri or 'Pucci' as he was fondly known passed away. The estate continues in the safe hands of his nephew Vittorio - and with the same team around him working in the cellars and the vineyards we are confident the estate will go from strength to strength.
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