Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva
100% Prugnolo Gentile
The 2012 vintage was characterized by a dry and cold winter. Spring rains assisted the vines to grow and develop regularly before the arrival of a hot and dry summer. End of August rains helped the grapes to ripen in a proper fashion with good quality and much balance in the harvested crop.
The Sangiovese grapes of the Santa Pia vineyard were picked entirely by hand in mid-October. In the cellar, after destemming and pressing, the must went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented and remained on its skins for approximately 20 days. The fermentation took place with full control of the temperatures to insure that the characteristic aromas of this Sangiovese would be conserved. The wine then went into 140 gallon (500 liter) oak puncheons where it was put through a complete malolactic fermentation and began an 18 month period of wood aging. After bottling the wine aged for a further 20 months before commercial release.
The wine is the fruit of a 37 acre (15 hectare) vineyard in he Santa Pia area of Montepulciano, one of the most famous zones of the appellation for the production of high level Vino Nobile. The vineyard is planted to Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) which has been selected over the years to create a cru which would express the true character of the zone. The La Braccesco estate, which extends over an overall surface area of some 1150 acres (463 hectares) is composed of two separate blocks: the historic nucleus of the property is located at Montepulciano and consists of 255 acres (103 hectares) of vineyards in the finest local sub-zones for the production of Vino Nobile. The other block, with some 530 acres (213 hectares) of vineyards, is situated at the foot of the hills around the city of Cortona.
An intense ruby red in color, the wine shows notes of rd fruit and spices on the nose along with hints of quinine and tobacco. The flavors open with a sense of fullness and suppleness along with vibrant tannins which last and linger. The sensations first felt on the nose return on the aftertaste and the finish is long and lingering.