After a second consecutive rainless winter, in spring the vineyards started their efforts very slowly, showing tiredness as if the plants hadn’t recovered from the heat of 2011. It became clear that the plants would continue to hold back their energy as they traversed every stage of development. The berries’ reddening happened evenly and very slowly, and the minimum-effort approach by the vineyards ultimately made the ripening continue uninterrupted into mid and late October. The musts from each parcel were black, light, flat, and hard to tell apart. So were the wines as they ran off the skins after fermenting, dense and full of matter, but with little taste. I liked the low alcohol but it was hard to discern more than a seamless, smooth character in the wines then. At the end of February the wines started coming the rich growing body and, afterwards the flavors and the red fruit.
Blend:6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 98 points: “Andrea Franchetti simply nailed 2012. These are some of the most impressive wines I have ever tasted from Tenuta di Trinoro. As always, the wines are built on a total lushness and texture. Another stunning wine, the 2012 Tenuta di Trinoro wraps around the palate with stunning depth and power. Today, the flavors are incredibly primary, but it is the wine’s textural depth and nuance that impress. The 2012 boasts tremendous concentration, but there are no hard edges, just pure fruit and voluptuousness to burn."