Cortona DOC Syrah
After a rainy and fairly cold autumn and winter, spring and summer 2003 will certainly be remembered as among the hottest and driest in recent years. Thanks to the dry, mild weather in spring, budding was promising and slightly earlier than average for all varieties and the conditions were subsequently excellent for flowering and fruit setting. From June onwards throughout the summer the weather conditions were unusual with very high temperatures and absolutely no rain. As a consequence, the grapes ripened early and immediately after 15th August the earliest ripening varieties showed very high sugar levels, due to a sort of natural auto-concentration. Production quantities were slightly lower due to the lack of water, especially where emergency watering was not possible. This trend continued steadily during the harvesting period, allowing us to wait for the best moment to pick the fruit, thus avoiding risks of damage to the grapes.
The grapes coming from 'La Braccesca Estate' were harvested when they had reached a perfect state of maturation, and vinified separately. After destemming and soft crushing, an extended maceration took place (about 15 days). During this period, the wine completed its alcoholic fermentation at a temperature not exceeding 30°C. After the alcoholic fermentation the wine was then introduced into new barriques (Alliers & Troncais) where its malolactic fermentation was completed. The wine remained for a period of 14 months in the barriques, during this time the wine was racked several times. At the end of the winter the wine was then bottled, where it remained for about one year prior to release.
La Braccesca estate, on the whole has a total size of approximately 379 ha and is divided into two main blocks: the historical part of the estate is situated in the Montepulciano area and covers 86 ha of vineyards; the other covers 151 ha of vineyards, and is situated at the foot of the hills around Cortona. This area has demonstrated to be a best-suited area for the production of syrah and this is the area where we are building up the new cellars. The first vintage Vino Nobile La Braccesca to be released was the 1990 vintage.
Very deep in colour with fruity, intense aromas with hints of vanilla. On the palate, rich and soft with structure and a full, lingering finish.