Cortona DOC Syrah
The 2012 vintage was characterized by a dry, cold Winter. The rains of the Spring season assisted in a regular growth and development of the vine before the arrival of a hot Summer. End of August rains were useful in aiding the plant to complete the ripening of its grapes in a regular fashion, and the crop, in fact, showed a good quality level and balance in the grapes which were produced. The picking of the Syrah intended for use in Bramasole were picked at the end of the month of September.
After destemming and a soft pressing, the must went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented and macerated on its skins, first at lower temperatures to extract the aromatic components and then with higher temperatures, around 82° Fahrenheit (28° centigrade) to assist the extraction of color and tannins.
The overall period of skin contact lasted approximately 20 days. The wine then went into French oak barrels, both new and used once previously, where it was put through a complete malolactic fermentation. The period of oak aging , which lasted some 18 months, terminated with the bottling during the spring of the year 2014. The wine was then given a further period of bottle aging of approximately fourteen months before commercial release.
La Braccesca, as an estate, extends over a total surface area of over 1255 acres (508 hectares) and consists of two separate vineyard blocks. The historical nucleus is located in Montepulciano with some 254 acres (103 hectares) planted to vines in the finest sub-zones for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The second block, planted to Syrah, possesses more than 585 acres (237 hectares) of vineyards and is situated at the foot of the hills which surround the city of Cortona. And it is precisely in this part of the estate that the grapes intended for Bramasole are cultivated.
The 2012 Bramasole shows an intense ruby red color. The nose is struck by the notes of ripe red fruit in excellent balance with the aromas of tobacco and spice. The palate is powerful and supple and with well balanced notes of liquorices and ripe fruit. The finish and aftertaste are soft, long, and persistent.