My great fondness for the traditional wines of Tuscany is no secret, but generally, I've kept Super Tuscans at arm's length. Finding affordable examples I was truly passionate about was a challenge, but that changed after discovering Le Cupole. Andrea Franchetti of Tenuta di Trinoro is based in the remote southeast corner of Tuscany. His second label, Le Cupole, combines approachability and sophistication.

Le Cupole is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, grown on clay and limestone soils like Bordeaux's Right Bank. There is a remarkable sense of balance, freshness, and crazy deliciousness rooted in its tell-tale Bordeaux varieties. The persistent finish has a lingering minerality only select Super Tuscans deliver.

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