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Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia 2006

  • RP94
  • WS93
  • JS93
  • WE92
750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Lupicaia is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, vinified from only the best of the carefully selected grapes, and aged for 18 months in new French Allier barrels. A heady bliend of crushed black cherry, blackberry and spice aromas precede plush blackcurrant, dark chocolate and mint-laced fruit with mineral aspect and a sculpting acity. Tannins are big, round and soft before an eternal finish.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Lupicaia is a highly promising effort. A melange of black fruit, leather, licorice, tar, cassis and minerals sits on a massive, brooding frame. Sage, rosemary and violets develop in the glass, adding further complexity. The Lupicaia reveals gorgeous depth and striking purity in its fruit. As is often the case, it is painfully young at this stage, but all that is required is a few more years in bottle. Lupicaia is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
Rating: 94+
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Beautiful aromas of ripe berries, dark chocolate, flowers, spices and sandalwood. Develops wonderfully. Full-bodied, with polished, refined tannins and a very long finish. Tight and racy now. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
JS 93
James Suckling
This is a red with lots of ripe tannins and a blueberry and meaty character. It's full and round with soft and velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Lots going on here in the bottle. Better in 2015 when the tannins soften. A blend of syrah and petit verdot.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this offers a beautiful bouquet that’s redolent of sweet cherry, candied fruit, Christmas spice and potpourri. The palate shows a soft richness that’s balanced and lively without being cloying or heavy.
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Castello del Terriccio, Italy
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The Castello del Terriccio (Castle of the land) dates back roughly 1000 years. The modern history of the estate begins after World War I, when it was acquired by Count Serrafini Ferri, whose family still owns the property. In the 1920s the Serrafini Ferris' implemented major improvements to the property. This family laid the groundwork for the estate that remains more or less unchanged today.

Up to the 1970s the estate was known mainly for production of grain, it even held the European record for production of second harvest corn. This specialization in grain continues today but also in the organic production of spelt (dinkel wheat), corn, forage and olive groves – but this has been overshadowed in recent times by the estate's expertise and reputation for viticulture and the production of fine wines. It expanded from 25 hectares of vineyards (62 acres) in 1980 to 60 hectares (148 acres) today.

Cultivation of vines in this area dates originally back to the Etruscans, after which it was abandoned and then begun again. At the end of the 1980s a new phase of viticulture started, with the aim of fully exploiting the potential of the land for production of vines. Today vines are cultivated under IGT- Indicazione Geografica Tipica.

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