Pian delle Vigne Vigna Ferrovia

Vintage

Classification

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Blend

100% Sangiovese

Climate

The winter of this vintage was characterized by average temperatures which were rather low and which determined a slight delay in the beginning of the vine cycle compared to the vintages of recent years. The positive climate and rainfall of the first part of spring made up for this delay and assisted vine development. Rains arrived once again in August and interrupted a period decidedly hot summer weather. Excellent climatic conditions in September, with regular temperature swings between daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness, favored a perfect ripening of the and led to a high level harvest. At the time of their picking the grapes were healthy, perfectly ripe, and with an important quality potential. Harvest operations began on October 4th.

Vinification

The selection of the grapes for the Brunello Riserva Vigna Ferrovia took place in two phases. The first, the so-called “green selection” insofar as it takes place in the vineyard in the middle of the growing season, was carried out during the first two weeks of July, while the second took place just before the harvest itself. The first was intended to balance the production on the vine in order to have the proper number of bunches per shoot, while the second had as its objective the elimination of grapes which were not perfectly ripe. After the stemming and a soft pressing, the grapes were macerated on the skins in open small oak barrels for a period of approximately twenty days during which time the cap of skins was punched down manually in order to both increase extraction and best respect the fruit and the quality of the tannins. The fermentation was finished in small oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation also took place. The wine then began its aging in small, 300 liter (80 gallon) oak barrels for a period of six months, followed in turn by a further twelve months of aging in larger, 3000 liter oak casks. A final twelve months of aging in 60 hectoliter (6000 liter) oak casks terminated the aging process. The finished wine, at 14.50° of alcohol, was then bottled and given six months of bottle aging before commercial release.

Historical data

The Pian delle Vigne estate is located six kilometers (3.5 miles) to the south of the town of Montalcino and takes its name from the typical 19th century railroad station located inside the estate’s boundaries. The property consists of 184 hectares (460 acres) , 65 of which (some 160 acres) are planted to vines, situated between 130 and 200 meters (440-660 feet) above sea level and with an exposure which is principally to the southwest. The soil consists prevalently of clay and limestone and is rich in small stones. The Brunello di Montalcino is produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes (the variety is known as Brunello in Montalcino) accordingly to the regulations of an appellation which most significant points are: production zone – township of Montalcino; maximum yield in the vineyard – eight tons per hectare; yield in wine from the grapes – a maximum of 68%; obligatory wood aging for the wines – two years; obligatory bottle aging for the wines – minimum four months (six months for the Riserva); minimum alcohol level – 12.5°; commercial release – no sooner than the first of January of the fifth year after the harvest (the sixth year in the case of the Riserva).

Tasting notes

A brilliant and intense ruby red, the Vigna Ferrovia 2006 demonstrates that it is a wine of important balance with the traditional notes of sweet spices married to aromas of red fruit, tobacco, and leather. On the palate it is a wine of much finesse and elegance with a tonic acidity which sustains the vibrant tannins of its texture. The finish and aftertaste are sweet and supple.