Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
2011 was a vintage that will be remembered as incredibly warm and dry. This contrasted the beginning of the season which brought heavy rains, creating a large reserve of water in the vineyard. A warmer spring pushed up the typical growth cycle by about two weeks with a very quick budbreak, which our vineyard manager noted is a hopeful sign of a great vintage. Cluster development ended up quite optimal as the summer rains came in between flowering and veraison - leading to a great fruit set. As harvest approached, the very hot, dry weather created incredible stress in the vines, giving way to very ripe grapes, crisp acidity and rich, ripe aromas. The warmth and ripeness of the vintage created powerful wines that have crunchy tannins and bold concentration - a spectacular vintage for Lupicaia.
94 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate: "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.”
92 Points, James Suckling: “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. Needs two or three years to soften: better in 2018.”