Pian delle Vigne Vigna Ferrovia

Vintage

Classification

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva

Blend

Sangiovese

Climate

The 2012 vintage was characterized by an Autumn of balanced weather followed by a cold Winter and a mild Spring. Summer was marked by a climate which, on the whole, was hot, particularly during its initial part, assisting a regular ripening of the grapes. Towards the end of August, significant drops in temperature and important temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness favored the development of the intensity and complexity of the aromatic components of the Sangiovese grapes. The picking of the grapes took place between late September and early October in days with a dry and mild climate.

Vinification

The careful and precise selection of the grape bunches, carried out by means of a cropping thinning in various phases before full ripeness was achieved, along with generally fine weather, guaranteed the arrival in the cellars of grapes where were perfectly whole, healthy and ripe. The berries, after destemming and a soft pressing, produced a must which went immediately into the stainless steel fermentation tanks where it fermented and macerated on its skins for about 24 days before leaving the tanks to be aged in oak casks. The slow and gradual aging began in 130 gallon (500 liter) barrels and then proceeded in 800 gallon (3000) liter formats, and the total aging period lasted two and a half years. In the month of May 2016 the Vignaferrovia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva left its casks to be bottled and then aged before release.

Historical data

The Pian della Vigne estate, located approximately four miles (six kilometers) from the town of Montalcino, takes its name from a  characteristic 19th century railroad station located on the estate’s grounds. The property consist of some 460 total acres (184 hectares), 160 of which (65 hectares) are planted to vines in vineyards with a southeastern exposure at 425 feet (130 meters) above sea level. Pian della Vigne has followed the philosophy of aging in large casks which preserves the exceptional integrity of the fruit of the Sangiovese grape and endows Brunello with its characteristics vibrant elegance. The estate has belonged to the Antinori family since 1995, the year of the first Pian delle Vigne vintage.
Vignaferrovia is produced, and solely in the finest vintages, from the grapes of a small – eleven acre (four and a half hectare) – vineyard plot adjacent to the former (19th century) railroad station of the Pian della Vigne estate. The soil is principally a calcareous clay rich in small stones. The wine was not produced in 2005, 2008, and 2011.

Tasting notes

The 2012 Vignaferrovia shows an intense ruby red color. The nose offers, initially, notes of wild cherries, ripe black fruit, and red currants then balanced by supplementary balsamic and spicy sensations. The palate is rich and full and character by well integrated velvety tannins. The long and persistent finish is marked by hints of spices, fruit under spirits, and chocolate and given a further complexity and vigor  by a light and delicate vein of acidity.