Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
85% Prugnolo Gentile, 15% Merlot and other red complementary varieties
The 2015 vintage was characterized by a mild winter with normal precipitation and by a warm spring with temperatures above customary seasonal averages, weather which caused a significantly early bud burst and perfect growth and development of vine vegetation. The hot and dry summer assisted the vines to grow the grape bunches and commence a ripening process which continued with much regularity. Picking began during the last ten days of the month of September.
The fermentation aimed at maximizing aroma and fragrance and fully bringing out the tonic acidity, savor, and mineral character which distinguish the style of this wine. Once the grapes had been run off their skins, the wine was put through a complete malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, where the wine then aged for four months. Bottling took place during the spring of 2016.
The La Braccesca estate covers in its entirety some 1270 acres (508 hectares) and is composed of two separate blocks: one, the historic nucleus, is located in Montepulciano and consists of some 255 acres (103 hectares) of vineyards located in the finest subzones for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ; the other, with 530 acres (some 233 hectares) of vineyards, is situated at the foot of the hills of the neighboring township of Cortona. The first vintage of the La Braccesca Rosso di Montepulciano was the 1992. The wine takes its name from Sabatino Lulli, known as “Sabazio”, a monk of the abbey of Montepulciano who, in the early Middle Ages, gave indications on how to ferment the grapes of the area into wine.
The 2015 Sabazio shows a nose of fresh floral and fruity sensations with its notes of red currants and violets. The palate is vibrant and savory with a sweet, fruity and persistent finish and aftertaste.