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Terriccio Lupicaia 2000

Terriccio Lupicaia 750ml 2000   
Sku: 8523

Lupicaia is an impressively rich, beautifully crafted wine which is built for longevity. The wine's dense, highly extracted cassis and black cherry flavors and aromas are punctuated by distinct notes of cedar, smoke, forest and mint set in a ripe, firmly focused tannic structure. These complex impressions carry into the elegant, sustained finish.

Tasting notes
This wine's dense, highly extracted cassis and black cherry flavors and aromas are punctuated by distinct notes of cedar, smoke and forest, set in a ripe, firmly focused tannic structure ending in an elegant, sustained finish.

Wine maker notes
Lupicaia, which means "place of the wolf hunts," is a vineyard of 12.5 acres planted 90 percent to Cabernet Sauvignon vines and ten percent to Merlot vines planted in 1989. This is the estate's finest microclimate and yields its best grapes. Exposure is on south-southwest-facing slopes in soils consisting of stones and sand which are sheltered by eucalyptus trees. The Terriccio estate's position also enjoys this microclimate's proximity to the coast which subjects it to maritime influences which create a long, warm growing season of great luminosity. The grapes are hand-harvested and hand-selected between mid-September and early October, with pickers making two consecutive passes through the vineyards to permit the fullest and most perfect ripening of the clusters.

Red wine production is under the technical direction of consulting oenologist Carlo Ferrini. The vinification facility, originally a grain-storage facility built in 1894, has been upgraded with the installation of the most technically advanced temperature-controlled conical stainless steel fermenters. Grapes are fully destemmed and undergo an extended maceration with the skins during and after fermentation. Total maceration time is approximately 20 to 24 days. Following malolactic fermentation, the wines are transferred to all new Allier oak barriques during which period they are racked into stainless steel tanks for analysis before being returned to cleaned barrels. This takes place every four to five months, and the lots and clones remain separate until final blending in September. The wine remains in barrique for eighteen to twenty months and receives only a rough filtration to remove gross lees prior to bottling.


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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Toscano
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Petit Verdot
Type: Still wine
 
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