2011 Castello del Terriccio

Grapes Cab Sauv, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Tuscany
ABV 14%

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: 94-94 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate ( (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, 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, 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, 2015)

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) and Petit Verdot, the 2011 Lupicaia represents a tremendous effort. The nose is brooding and masculine with dark tar, spice, cola, pressed blackberry, plum and prune. The aromas are heavy, long-lasting and determined. You do get a distant whiff of the 2011 vintage heat with dried or candied fruit at the back. Firm tannins and plump consistency push the wine forward over the palate. Castello del Terriccio is launching its flagship wine, Lupicaia, as its own brand. The producer name on the bottle now appears as G.A Rossi di Medelana and no longer as Castello del Terriccio. I offer that information as a brief housekeeping note. Drinking range: 2015 - 2028 Rating: 93 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate ( 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.

Owned by the extraordinarily charming Cav. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri, once a talented horseman and still a passionate breeder.

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