Cortona DOC Syrah
The winter of the year 2010 was lightly cooler than averages. Bud-burst took place in mid-April. A cool summer and a warm and dry September led to a slow and gradual ripening of the crop and led to a late harvest properly protracted over time. Picking began in mid-September and lasted until the end of October.
The Syrah grapes were harvested - by hand – towards the end of September. After destemming and pressing, the initial period of skin contact began with low temperatures to extract aromas and then rose to approximately 82° Fahrenheit (28° centigrade). The overall maceration of the must on its skins lasted approximately three weeks. The wine then went into new French oak barrels, where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation. The aging of the wine, which lasted 18 months, concluded with the bottling in September of 2012.
The La Braccesca estate extends over a total surface area of some 1170 acres (471 hectares) and is composed of two separate blocks: the first, the historical nucleus of the property, is located in the township of Montepulciano and consists of over 250 acres (103 hectares) of vineyards in the finest sub-zones for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano; the second, with 525 acres (213 hectares) of vineyards, is situated at the foot of the hills around the town of Cortona.
2010 was a high level vintage. Bramasole shows elegant and classy aromas of white plums, blackberries, black pepper and - lightly on the finish - tobacco. The flavors, with an ample and supple texture, repeat the berries along with notes of liquorice and tobacco. The finish and aftertaste are long and savory with soft tannins which add to the wine’s drinking pleasure.