Pian delle Vigne Vigna Ferrovia

Vintage

Classification

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva

Blend

100% Sangiovese

Climate

2010 began slowly with a rainy late winter and early spring, weather which, combined with a cool spring, slowed vine growth and development and caused a slight loss of production. The summer months were warm and sunny, and some August rains mitigated peaks of heat. The weather, from color change to full ripeness, was quite positive, leading to grapes which were fully ripe both physiologically and in terms of sugar. The harvest itself, which began on September 24th, was carried out under particularly favorable conditions.

Vinification

The estate, even before harvesting had begun, had already made a selection of the crop, thinning the grapes first in early July and then before picking was to start. This, together with a climatically positive growing season, insured that the harvested grapes of high quality, ripe both technically and physiologically. After destemming and a soft pressing, the must fermented on its skins for  three to four weeks. The extraction was carried out using soft techniques to fully respect the quality and integrity of the grapes. The aging period lasted approximately two and a half years and took place first in 130 gallon puncheons and then in casks which, at times, reached 800 gallons in capacity. Bottling took place in April of 2014.

Historical data

The Pian delle Vigne estate is located 3.5 miles (six kilometers) to the south of the town of Montalcino  above the Orcia river valley. The estate takes its name from a typical 19th century railroad station located within the confines of the property. The estate consists of 460 acres (184 hectares) of land, 160 of which (some 65 hectares) 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 estate’s Brunello di Montalcino  is produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes  (the variety is known by the name Brunello in Montalcino) according to the regulations of an appellation whose most significant points are: production zone – township of Montalcino; maximum yield in the vineyard – seven 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

An intense ruby red in color with light garnet highlights, the 2010 Vignaferrovia expresses n the nose notes of ripe, and at times jammy, fruit along with balsamic and spicy sensations accompanied by aromas of leather and tobacco. The flavors are powerful and decisive, supple and silky in their initial impact and with an excellence balance between tannins and acidity which add to the freshness and length on the flow. Savory, vibrant, and persistent, the finish and aftertaste bring back the aromatic notes of the nose, from ripe fruit to spice and bitter chocolate.

Awards

James Suckling

98/100

2016 USA

Antonio Galloni

92/100

2016 USA