Cortona DOC Syrah
A rainy autumn and a winter with fairly low average temperatures and some snow, resulted in later development of foliage (12-15 days) than last year. As if to compensate for this delay, favourable spring weather conditions enabled the vines to develop about 10 days earlier than average. The month of June, July and August were unusually cool with average temperatures of 24°C and plenty of rain in August. This created some problems for the ripening process and the subsequent harvest but the grapes harvested were healthy and completely ripe, up to the standard of recent vintage years and rich in potential.
When the Syrah grapes in the vineyards of the La Braccesca estate reached the right level of ripeness, also thanks to regular specific agronomical procedures including bunch thinning, they were harvested, destemmed and crushed. Alcoholic fermentation then took place in stainless steel vats for 20 days at a maximum of 30°C, in order to maintain the typical fruity aromas of the grape. The wine was placed in new French oak barriques (Alliers and Tronçais) and a small part in American oak, for malolactic fermentation. After ageing for 14 months the wine was bottled in June 2007 and aged in the bottles until its release for sale. Alcohol : 14% Vol.
The La Braccesca estate covers an overall surface area of 379 hectares in two separate parts: the old winery centre in the Montepulciano area, with 86 hectares of vineyards in the best Nobile di Montepulciano subzones; and 151 hectares at the foot of the hills surrounding Cortona. The first vintage of Vino Nobile La Braccesca was 1990.
Bright red colour with purply hues typical of the variety. Vibrant aromas with hints of vanilla and cocoa powder blending with ripe fruit. A balanced, elegant wine with flavours of red berry fruit and white plums and a soft, lingering finish.