Pian delle Vigne

Vintage

Classification

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Blend

100 % Sangiovese (locally called "Brunello")

Climate

The beginning of spring was characterized by some rainfalls and temperatures slightly higher than seasonal average, favoring budding a few days earlier than normal, for the various varieties. These conditions resulted in excellent flowering and the relative vegetal cycle. The rainfalls, during the first part of summer period, permitted a good vegetative balance of the vines also in the month of August, when there was a total ripening of all varieties. This excellent condition produced more grapes per vine than desired for our quality production level. For this reason, during August, the red grape varieties were carefully selected and thinned in order to eliminate the excessive production. During the first part of September the weather was particularly favorable and the grapes ripened perfectly

Vinification

The grapes were separated from the stems and softly pressed after which the maceration took place in stainless steel tanks for about 15-20 days. During this time the wine completed its alcoholic fermentation at a maximum of 30° C. By the end of the year the wine was placed in oak barrels of between 30 and 100 hectolitres where it was aged for 2 years. The beginning of 2002, after the master blend, it was bottled. Alcohol : 14,0% Vol.

Historical data

The Pian delle Vigne Estate is located six kilometers south of Montalcino, above the Val d'Orcia valley, and it was named for the characteristic 19th century train station situated in the property, which is still in use. There are 27 hectares of 20 years-old vines and 33 hectares planted recently which will begin their production between 2000 and 2001. The vineyards which produced the Brunello vintage 1995 are at an elevation of 130 metres sea leavel, with south east exposure. The soil is stony calcareous composition, with tufaceous areas, tending to be quite "poor".
Brunello di Montalcino is produced exclusively with Sangiovese. The production law is very detailed stating the following criteria:

- Area of Production: Community of Montalcino
- Variety: Sangiovese
- Maximum yield: 80 qtl per hectare
- Yield of grapes in wine: 68%
- Wood ageing: at least 2 years in oak
- Bottle ageing: at least 4 months (6 months for the riserva)
- Minimum alcohol: 12,5% vol.
- Release date: as of January 1st following the 5th year since the harvest (6 years for the riserva)

Tasting notes

Deep ruby red; complex on the nose. Full-structured and velvety, with rich perfumes and hints of flowers, vanilla and chocolate. Well structured and balance with a lengthy finish

Awards

Score: 92/100

THE WINE SPECTATOR April 2004

2004 U.S.A.