Tenuta di Trinoro | Val d'Orcia, Italy
Tenuta di Trinoro lies in southern Tuscany in the Val d'Orcia. Owner and winemaker Andrea Franchetti acquired the property in the 1980s and in the beginning of the 1990s started planting his first vines. The most important lesson he gleaned from a stint in Bordeaux was the crucial role played by terroir. He saw, in the rough woodland that would become Trinoro, clay-limestone and gravel soils reminiscent of those to be found in Saint-Émilion. Only select parcels were suitable for vine-growing, amid a sea of blue clay, and those he cleared by hand and planted in the style of the Bordelais: high-density, meter by-meter plantings, with cuttings brought over from some of the region’s great estates.
Tight planting, high thinning, very low yields, extreme ripeness, and concentration of flavour characterise his winemaking style. The wines are highly perfumed and opulent, at once approachable and meant to be left to develop in the bottle over time.