Gorgeous, mature, great Brunello, with warmth and charm yet excellent precision.
If you were a grape, this would be where you went on your holidays. At Cupano, perched on a beautiful ridge near Camigliano that slopes down to the Ombrone river, they harvest everything by hand and use a horse and plough to tend the soil.One of the things that demonstrates the great attention to detail shown by Cupano is that owner & winemaker, Lionel Cousin, walks through his vineyard every day removing individual berries with a pair of nail scissors. It is winemaking on a miniaturist scale. Compare that to the infamous story about one of Australia's huge wineries, where the double-width mechanical harvesters went through the vineyards with such indiscriminate disregard that when they went to press the grapes, one of the workers found a bicycle in the crusher.
FROM THE PRESS
“Dark red. Highly perfumed aromas of griotte cherry, wild herbs and menthol; shows a distinctly medicinal aspect. Then supple, broad and full in the mouth, and quite dry in a classical way, with juicy acidity nicely framing the rich red fruit flavors. Finishes long and very savory, with hints of aromatic botanical herbs and ripe red cherries. This opulent wine just manages to remain this side of heavy; I'd enjoy it over the next ten years for maximum pleasure. And make sure you decant it an hour ahead.”Ian d'Agata, Vinous.com