Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
100% Prugnolo Gentile
Heavy rain in autumn 2003 enabled the soil layers to restabilize after the testing summer drought. The winter was cold and rainy with repeated fairly heavy snowfall. Thanks to the weather conditions, budbreak was delayed by 10-15 days even for more precocious varieties. During flowering and fruit-set, the weather was remarkably wet and cool (the lowest temperatures in the last 3-4 years). The vegetation developed well although with consistent delay through to veraison and ripening of the grapes. Intense pre-harvest selection was necessary because the weather conditions caused over-production. Lastly, the harvest began a couple of weeks later than average, when the grapes were perfectly healthy and ripe and showed a perfect balance of quantity and quality.
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.