Cortona DOC Syrah
The heavy rainfall in autumn 2003 refreshed the soil which had been subjected to extreme drought in the summer. The winter temperatures were quite low with heavy, frequent rain and snow. This caused a delay in budbreak which took place about 10-15 days later than average, even in the more precocious varieties. During flowering and fruit-setting the weather was very rainy and cool (with the lowest seasonal temperatures for several years) and the foliage developed well, although again later than usual, right through to the veraison and ripening phases. Intense pre-harvest selection was necessary since this weather trend made the plants excessively productive. Lastly, the harvest began a couple of weeks later than the seasonal average, when the grapes reached the perfect balance of quality and quantity both in vegetation and ripeness.
The grapes grown in the vineyards of the La Braccesca estate were picked when perfectly ripe. After destemming and soft crushing maceration took place, lasting for 15-18 days. During this phase the wines completed their alcoholic fermentation at temperatures no higher than 30°C. After alcoholic fermentation the wine was placed in new barriques (Alliers and Tronçais) where it completed malolactic fermentation. The wine aged for about 14 months in barriques, undergoing racking several times, and was bottled in early spring. It was then aged in the bottles for about another year before release. Alcohol : 14,0% Vol.
The La Braccesca estate covers a total surface area of 379 hectares and consists of two separate parts: the old nucleus of the winery in Montepulciano has 86 hectares of vineyards in the best Nobile di Montepulciano subzones; the other 151 hectares of vineyards are located at the foot of the hills surrounding Cortona. The first vintage of Vino Nobile La Braccesca was 1990.
Good deep colour, intense fruit aromas with hints of vanilla and a generous complex flavour. This is a well-structured wine with a soft, lingering finish.