Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
100% Prugnolo Gentile
After a very rainy and cold autumn and winter, the spring and summer of 2003 will certainly be remembered as among the hottest and driest of recent years. The dry, mild spring weather enabled all the grape varieties to produce buds and shoots earlier than usual, providing excellent conditions for subsequent flowering and fruit setting. From June onwards and throughout the summer, the unusually high temperatures and drought caused the grapes to ripen early, especially the precocious varieties which already showed very high sugar levels by mid-August due to a sort of natural auto-concentration. The drought also caused a slight drop in production especially where it was impossible to practice drop irrigation. The weather trend continued throughout the harvest which made it possible to wait for the best time to pick the grapes and avoid any risks of damage to the fruit. The difference between daytime and night-time temperatures allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly with optimum colour and structure.
Once fully ripe the grapes from the Santa Pia vineyard in the municipal area of Montepulciano were destemmed and softly crushed. Maceration lasted 20 days during which time the wine completed alcoholic fermentation at a maximum temperature of 30°C. It was then placed in French and Hungarian oak barriques where malolactic fermentation was completed. The ageing period in barriques lasted 14 months during which the wine was racked several times. It was bottled in early spring. Alcohol : 13,5% Vol.
The Tenuta La Braccesca estate, with a total surface area of 379 hectares, consists of two separate parts: the oldest nucleus of the winery is in the Montepulciano area with 86 hectares of vineyards in the best Nobile di Montepulciano production subzones. The other part consists of 152 hectares of vineyards at Santa Pia, one of the best-known areas for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The vineyard is planted with Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) which has been carefully selected over the years in order to obtain a cru that best expresses the features of the terroir.
A vibrant, typically aromatic nose with red berry fruit notes and a hint of vanilla. The flavour is rounded, well-structured and balanced with sweet lingering tannins.