Cortona DOC Syrah
Minimum temperatures were quite severe during the winter, whereas mild and balanced temperatures during the spring resulted in good new growth. As in the previous three years, phenolic growth started a little late. Fruit set and flowering took place as normal, due to the regular, warm temperatures. July and August temperatures were high, but not extreme, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and normally, even if the vines were a little late arriving at full ripeness for the harvest. Water resources were good, as in 2005, allowing the vines to cope with the summer without any particular stress. The grapes achieved healthy ripeness and the August rains caused no damage.
Around the middle of the month of September the Syrah grapes of the Braccesca vineyards had achieved an optimal state of maturation. It was therefore possible to follow through punctually with necessary procedures in the vineyard, such as the thinning out of the excessive bunches in order to obtain a more uniform maturation of those grapes which remained on the vine. The grapes thus obtained were then gathered and crushed. This was followed by approximately 20 days of alcoholic fermentation in steel tanks. The temperatures during this process never exceeded 30° C in order to preserve the fruity and floral aromas typical of this varietal. The resulting wine was then put into French new wood barrels (Alliers and Tronçais), with a small portion being transferred into American oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation took place. After 18 months of ageing, the wine was bottled in June of 2008, where it was able to continue ageing and refining until its release to the consumer market. Alcohol content: 14.5%
The La Braccesca Estate, which altogether extends over an area of 379 hectares, is composed of two separate parts: the historic nucleus of the company is located in the immediate area in and around Montepulciano, with 86 hectares of vines in the best sub-zones for the production of Nobile di Montepulciano; the other part is covered by 151 hectares of vineyards, and is located at the foot of the hills surrounding Cortona. The first vintage of Vino Nobile La Braccesca was that of 1990.
The wine has a beautiful deep red color with violet undertones, which are typical of this varietal. The fragrance is intense, with subtle hints of vanilla blended with notes of mature fruit. It is a well-balanced and elegant wine, with flavors of red fruit and white plum. The finish is soft and lingering on the palate.