Cortona DOC Syrah
The 2011 vintage was characterized initially by a cool and rainy winter; spring, instead, was dry and with no significant return of cold weather either in the phase of bud—burst (during the first ten days of April) or during the flowering. The growing season continued with cool and dry weather during the summer months, and this assisted an excellent growth and development of the vegetation. The subsequent rise in temperatures which began in early August and continued until mid-September helped the Syrah grape to reach an excellent level of ripeness, both technically and physiologically.
The Syrah to be used for Bramasole were harvested towards the end of September. After destemming and a soft pressing the grapes went into stainless steel tanks, where it fermented and went through the subsequent period of skin contact, first at low temperatures to better extract aromas, then at higher temperatures, around 82° Fahrenheit (28° centigrade) to assist a carefully controlled extraction of tannins and color.
The maceration on the skins lasted a total of 20 days. At that point the wine went into new and once used French oak barrels, where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation. The period of oak aging, some 18 months, terminated with the bottling in the spring of 2013, and the finished wine began a fourteenth month period of bottle aging before commercial release.
The La Braccesca estate extends over some 1270 acres of land and consists of two separate vineyard blocks: the first, the historical nucleus of the property, is located in the Montepulciano area and owns close to 260 acres of vineyards in the finest sub-zones for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The second block, planted to Syrah, is composed of close to 570 acres of vineyards at the foot of the hills which surround the city of Cortona. It is in this last sector, well exposed towards the sun, that the grapes for Bramasole are cultivated.
The wine is very expressive on the nose with sweet notes of white fruit together with aromas of spice and tobacco. The palate is potent and ripe, the fruit fused with the tobacco, the spices, and the black pepper, leaving space at the end for hints of liquorice. The finish and aftertaste are long and supple.